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Old 8th August 2009, 08:07 AM   #6
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Hi again Jack,
I'm puzzled about your "weight on the front foot" technique.
Try this....
Get your board uphauled and both feet behind the mast foot. Then sheet in a bit to get your board moving on a beam reach.
Then slowy and gradually sheet in your sail while moving back on your board until your back foot is directly over the fore/aft centerline of the board at the sweet spot for your board.
Try to find the "sweet spot" somewhere between the front and back footstraps to place your back foot with virtually all your weight on it. The "sweet spot" will be defined as the place where putting your back foot (with all your weight on it) lifts the nose of your board the right amount so the board slides easily onto a plane.
If you stay too far forward with your weight, the nose won't lift and you won't have any positive "incline" to the planing surfaces on the bottom of your board.
If you move too far back on the board the nose will "pop up" too much and your planing surfaces will be too steep for efficiently getting onto a plane.
When you find the sweet spot place your weight on your back foot while you get your front foot into the front footstrap.
Then hook in and begin to transfer your weight from the back foot/leg onto the rig via the harness and harness lines.
This will develop mast foot pressure to assist the board further in getting onto a plane.
When your board pops onto a plane, then work your back foot further back and into the strap as you sheet in a little more and rake back a little more.
When you are in both footstraps, and all your weight is on the rig, then fully sheet in and lock your rig down close to the deck to "close the gap".
At this point you should be really flying and having a great time.
Also, you have very small sails, (are they wave sails?) and my guess would be that they are designed for larger sailors in =>25 knots of wind.
To achieve what they were designed to do, they purposely do not have very much draft and this can really cause a smaller sailor like yourself some real problems.
Until you grow a bit and can handle larger sails you don't have too many choices.
If you live/sail anywhere near a shop that sells Sailworks Retro Rippers, you might want to give them a try.
They are very powerful for their size (about twice as powerful as equivalent area wave sails or soft trainer sails) and come with Ripper Stick short lightweight reduced diameter masts that are perfect for up and coming superstars like yourself.
Hope this helps,

Last edited by Roger; 8th August 2009 at 08:10 AM.
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