Thanks for your knowledge Brian. I'm certainly not an Accomplished sailor. I get in the straps and have had the Start skipping across the water at speeds that seem very fast to me (noone on the water is blowing past me). I can relate to what you mean about choppy water - the Start even needs to be managed at full speed in these conditions so perhaps such a light weight board like the 186 may be too much.
Roger, might there be better boards for me at my 235 lb weight? I really only want to have one board for all wind conditions. Is the BIC Techno Formual a better choice?
By the way, I bought a 78cm fin from Gsport that you had on demo.