RE: Early planning gear light weight sailors
It's awfully tough to plane up in 7-8 knots, but if one was considering 10 knots, the chances improve greatly. In these conditions I can readily plane on my old course slalom (284cm x 61cm), a 50cm fin and an 8.3 sail. Of course, the angle of attack is no where near what a formula board can achieve, but for general sailing about with an emphasis on reaching, one can have a fun time zipping about. I can honestly say that the kites really don't have me over the barrel in these conditions, and when the wind dies off, I can simply slog in. In most cases, the kite guys are swimming if they miss the signs.