Hi again Jeff,
Yes, 277 F2 Ride. I weigh 72 kg.
OK @ 72 Kg. (158.7 Lbs.) you will be able to tack any board > 90 liters once you've mastered the techniques I have described.
Perhaps a relavent question would be why you are not jibing more than tacking?
It seems you haven't perfected your carve jibes yet, but that does not prevent you from doing a slower speed flare jibe, and you won't get downwind very much with a low speed pivot or flare jibe.
Also you are correct about how I've been tacking. Front foot always goes just in front of the mast foot, angled towards the rear of the board. Old back foot goes right next to that foot, but facing in the opposite direction. (from the Guy Cribb "twist" move).
If you put your front foot in front of the mast foot (even touching or curled around the mast foot, and then bring you other foot forward that much, you are putting your weight well forward of the boards fore/aft balance point (so the nose will sink at least a little) and this pretty much stops the board dead in the water. If you keep your weight back in the wider more stable part of the board, the board will not slow down so much so you can keep a little railing action going to keep the board turning, even with very little ]
speed. So try staying back and stepping over/ straddling the mast and see if that works for you.
At my weight, the 145 liter Carve is pretty forgiving...probably encouraging some bad habits
I'll definitely be trying your suggestions. One question re hand positioning. When you step over and "straddle" the mast, are your hands still on the boom or holding onto the mast? Trying to picture sliding the new back foot aft if you're holding onto the boom on the now opposite/backwind side.
I'm very short (5' 6"/167.6 cm) so I run my boom very near the bottom of the boom cutout so I have to hold
the boom head. But since the rig is all the way back until the foot is pretty much resting on the board I find that most of my rigs almost hold themselves up as I switch my hands from the old side of the boom to the new side. Sometimes I just go hand to hand right at the front of the boom, moving my old front hand over the the other side of the boom head, then using the new fronf hand to sweep the rig to keep the board turning. I normally do not throw the rig way forward and try to pull the nose down onto the new tack as if you keep some angle on the board, and keep some way on, the board will continue to turn and sweeping the sail out to perpendicular to the fore/aft centerline just helps the board to turn onto a beam reach on the new tack.
Also, since you've actually sailed both the F2 Ride and the Futura 101, do you think I would notice a huge difference between the two (loaded question ?). It sounds like the Futura would do many things better, but my question was more related to someone of my level and stage. ie is the F2 Ride potentially hindering my progress...or is just a matter of time, effort and persistence and "graduating" to the Futura.
Since you are somewhat afraid to tack the 277 Ride, I would say that in itself is a hindrance to your progress. A Futura 101 at your weight should be easier due to more width and stability.
The 277 Ride was a very nice board, but the wider Futura is most likely faster, jibes more easily and is more stable (if you stay behind the mast foot).
Hope this helps,
P.S. Give all this a try, several times, but keep working on your jibes!
Jibes are how shortboards are turned around (unless you are racing courses).
For back and forth recreational sailing, a flare jibe, semi pivot jibe (where you sink the tail a bit)
or a fully planing carve jibe should not put you so far downwind that you need to worry.
Tacks are for when you get too close to something to pull off a jibe.