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Old 8th September 2009, 04:15 AM   #1
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Hi,
Can you explain, step by step, how is a formula board tack?
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Old 9th September 2009, 05:23 AM   #2
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I guess nobody tacks a formula board.
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Old 9th September 2009, 06:19 AM   #3
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Yes, we do. But you just need to practice a lot more until you get it.
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Old 9th September 2009, 06:43 AM   #4
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IF you can't tack a formula board, you can't open a door....please....
keep writing, dont sail
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Old 9th September 2009, 08:25 AM   #5
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There are right way and wrong way to do it, I want to know if I'm doing the right way, and please, if you guys don't have anything usefull to say, don't say anything, it's better for everybody.
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Old 9th September 2009, 09:00 AM   #6
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I have something to say:
You can either tack on your right side or left side.
Here is a link for how to tack for DUMMIES.
http://www.windsurfingbible.com/09FastTack.htm
http://www.windsurfingbible.com/09FastTack.htm

http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~wprinz...fing/Tack.html

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Old 9th September 2009, 10:17 AM   #7
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Tacking isn't done very often on formula boards because there isn't much point to it. When the board speed is slow enough that tacking might be useful it is also slow enough that jibing is really easy. On a longboard the loss of upwind position during a light wind jibe is enough to make tacking worthwhile. Formula boards are so short and easy to turn in a light wind jibe that the upwind position loss is tiny. And every easy slow wind jibe is potentially useful practice for a higher speed jibe.

I'm an old school sailor who steps around the mast when tacking and for me that means I would be more likely to fall in while tacking my formula board then I am while tacking my longboard. The very short nose of my formula board doesn't give much support to my weight compared with the long nose of my longboard. So, most of the time, I don't tack my formula board.
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Old 9th September 2009, 01:16 PM   #8
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Of course you tack on a formula board! Otherwise you will be miles after on a race course. You need to tack at least once to get past the windward buoy, and if it is gusty with major wind shifts, you can gain a lot tacking at the rigth place. Sometimes it can be worth tacking to get clean air. The best formula racers can more or less keep the board planing through the tack. The tack is very similar to a normal short board tack. Sam Ireland made an excellent DVD called "Pro Secrets", in which many aspects of formula racing are described, including a chapter on tacking. You can also have a look at Guy Cribbs tech articles: http://www.guycribb.com/windsurfing_...VD_0076v01.htm

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Old 9th September 2009, 06:06 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody.
Nonopr, when I grow up I want to be an idiot just like you.
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Old 9th September 2009, 06:11 PM   #10
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I've seen many sailors getting out of both straps before tacking and I've seen sailors taking only the rear foot out of the straps, pressure the windward rail and taking the front foot off just before placing the foot in front of mastfoot, what's the correct move?
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