I have put your directions for sailing upwind without a centerboard to practice this summer. Do the really wide formula type boards require a different technique to go upwind in non-planning conditions? The trick of tipping the upwind rail down has worked great on my Bic Techno 148 (75cm wide, 50cm fin) and has allowed me to comfortably return to the beach in offshore breezes. However, I am struggling with the same technique on my Bic Techno Formula (94cm wide, 70cm fin) board. I can't seem to get the wider board back upwind with the same ease as the narrow board. The only thing that I can think of is that maybe I am tipping the rail too much? Any thoughts or suggestions that I could try?