Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Post by Kevin Rafael Foot » Sun, 29 Sep 1996 04:00:00


To my horror, I am realized that occasionally I damage my sail when
positioning the rig for waterstarts.  When I push the nose of the board
under the boom, occasionally, as it frees itself from the boom, the tip
of the nose with rise up into the sail and cause a ding?

1) does this happen to others?
2) am I doing something wrong
3) what is your recommended method for clearing the sail?
--

Kevin Rafael Foote
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.   USA

 
 
 

Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Post by Glesh » Mon, 30 Sep 1996 04:00:00

My $.02:  An alternative.  With a small board, I move the board over the
sail to get it into position.  I work quickly if the sail is still
somewhat under the water; otherwise I just lift, using leverage, the whole
thing up and over.  Generally, I then push the tail under the boom to
clear the sail; this  depends upon boom height and mast distance from the
tail.  If I am pointing the wrong way, I just do a quick pivot jibe upon
rising. Even if you fall on the pivot jibe you are in waterstart position.

Luck,

Bob

 
 
 

Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Post by NLW TFW » Mon, 30 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Welcome to one of the penalties of flip-tipped boards. Nothing's perfect.
But work-arounds include:
1. Lift the tail or sink the nose as you swing the board beneath the sail.

2. Sand any non-skid off the very nose of the board. It's of no use there,
and abrades the sail.
3. The foot-pad material you glued on the nose to protect it from mast
dings should protect the sail from abrasion. You do pad the board nose,
don't you? Wo wants to worry about nose hits all day when they're trying
to have fun, or stop sailing because their epoxy board is making that
giant sucking sound?
4. PVC should recover from, and monofilm shouldn't distort from, pressure
from something as rounded as the board nose.
Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind

 
 
 

Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Post by John Bancza » Tue, 01 Oct 1996 04:00:00

Hey Kevin - it looks like we are at school together.  Send me an e-mail if you want to do
some sailing together.

To answer your question there are a couple of things you can do differently.

1) Don't push the tip under the sail.

Sounds pretty stupid, but what I do is this:  I position the sail to get wind under it
regardless of board position.  When you fall, you can make a concious effort to do this,
or you can swim the rig around.  Once you have wind in the sail -- regardless of which way
the board is pointing, you can steer the board around either with the sail, or with your
feet up on the board.  Just because the board is pointed the wrong way doesn't mean you
can't get wind in the sail, and the sail out of the water.

Hope to see you on the lake -

John

Quote:

> To my horror, I am realized that occasionally I damage my sail when
> positioning the rig for waterstarts.  When I push the nose of the board
> under the boom, occasionally, as it frees itself from the boom, the tip
> of the nose with rise up into the sail and cause a ding?

> 1) does this happen to others?
> 2) am I doing something wrong
> 3) what is your recommended method for clearing the sail?
> --

> Kevin Rafael Foote
> Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.   USA


John Banczak
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  USA

 
 
 

Damaging Sail when waterstarting

Post by ShredHap » Thu, 03 Oct 1996 04:00:00

You really shouldn't push the tip of your board under a sail.  If you're
across the wind and the mast is to the front of your board and the clew is
down wind, I would recommend the following:

1.  Swim to the clew by going around the tail of the board.
2.  Bring the clew to the tail of the board (now the clew is upwind).
Remember to keep the board on a reach or across the wind.
3.  Lift the clew and allow your hand to slide down the boom to the head
of the boom as the sail flips.  Try not to let go of the sail or you'll
have to swim for it again.
4.  The boom head is now at the tail of the board and you're ready to
waterstart.

If you want to go the other direction, get up and tack or jibe or do a
sail & board 180 in the waterstart position (sail is flying) by bringing
the head of the sail and tail of the board through the eye of the wind
(hold the mast above the booms) and allow the sail to flip once again.
It's really very easy with a little practice.

Good luck and have fun!