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Old 1st February 2012, 06:49 AM   #31
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Agree on uphauling: keep your back as straight and upright as possible and bent your knees. A home-made "easy uphaul" (a 50-80 cm long rope with 3 loops so you can hook in with your harness) does make the uphauling job a lot easier and nicer to your back.

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Old 1st February 2012, 04:58 PM   #32
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Uphauling with an "easy uphaul" is a no brainer. However, sail size is only one factor with uphauling. While I can uphaul an 11.0 without too much stress in wind under 10 knots, if the wind is over 15, it's a killer.

In my 28 years of windsurfing and racing, twice I had to be rescued because the wind jumped from 10 to 20+ knots as fronts rolled in. Everyone was on big sails and all got flattened. No one could water start or uphaul. This was in the early days of formula and on a longboard some years before that.
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