Did you have problems staying upwind when you were taking this instruction?
I'm wondering is what was suggested was perhaps a short term "fix" to get you sailing upwind sooner.
It won't work at your current skill level.
You need to get the board going on a beam reach or below (but not below by much) and work through the sequence we've just discussed here.
Once you have been through the entire sequence, progressively, and are back in both footstraps, hooked in, and fully planing, THEN you can think about heading upwind.
Heading upwind at all, while you are trying to get planing, is prety much an exercise in futility.
You need to be on a beam reach to get the full forward thrust of your rig, and to be able to keep the board flat and the fin mostly unloaded so the board can gain speed as quickly as possible.
Anything you do (like heading more upwind) will reduce the likelyhood of you getting on plane.
Try the drills, and get used to sailing on your back leg in the correct fore and aft position for the board to accelerate and then "take off". Don't be in a hurry to get your back foot in the strap until the board is almost to full speed.
If you go for the back strap too early, the board won't have the speed to support your weight back there and you will only succeed in getting the board to slow down because the nose will pop up and the drag will increase.
As far as "sliding" your back foot out to the strap, yes, you can slide it, but you can also just pick it up and place it in the strap.
Think of the forces here:
Mast foot pressure because you are hooked in and the rig is driving the board.
Most of your weight should be "suspended" off the board and onto the rig by the harness lines/harness. Your arms are just the "adjusters/positioners" at this point.
You have your front foot in the strap, but no weight on it because your weight is being supported by the rig.
So as far as the board is concerned, you are pretty much "weightless" unless you over sheet or rake the rig back enough to destroy the power in the rig that is supporting you.
If you have enogh speed, and maintain the power to the mast foot, you should be very stable. If you are getting pulled forward (up and over your front foot) then you are probably over sheeted to some degree.
As far as your upper body facing the CL of the rig, yes, you will want to be pretty much facing the rig all the way through the entire evolution.
Before the rig is sheeted in to 45 deg. off the centerline, you will be facing pretty much forward, and keeping your upper body weight pulling directly away from the CL of the rig.
As you sheet in more, and begin to rake the rig back, you will progressively turn your upper body as the rigs angle to the CL of the board changes.
Once you are at full speed, and in both straps, and firmly hooked in, then you can lean forward/outboard to really sheet the sail down on the deck and fully rake it back so you can sail upwind.
Hope this helps,
Last edited by Roger; 31st July 2008 at 02:34 AM.