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Old 15th April 2007, 03:25 AM   #2
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Default RE: the toes up thing

Hi Thomas,
Sailors who are going really fast, regardless of the course (upwind, broad reaching, off the wind) curl their toes to ensure that their foot does not come out of the footstrap.
When sailing upwind, on a wider board like your GO 139, if you "pull up" with your front foot, and push across the top of the board/fin with your back foot, allowing virtually all of your weight to be suspended from the rig by your harness and lines, you can "cant the fin" slightly to leeward at the top (very slightly) and use the significantly better upwind drive the fin generates with a little downwind "cant" to rip upwind much higher and faster than you can using any other technique.
Hope this helps,
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