During the last few weeks the weather has turned from a summer like pattern
to a fall pattern. What this means in the Gorge is you sail when the wind
is up and find something else to do when it is not.
The last several times that I have been sailing, I have noticed that some
people rig much faster than others. It takes the fast ones around 15 to 20
minutes from the time they park until they are on the water. It may take
the slow ones an hour and they will probably miss the best wind in the fall.
My question is what makes the fast people FAST?
Here are two things that I have done to speed up my time to the water.
1. Mark my booms on the inside to show where the harness lines should be
placed for each size of sail. This allows me to setup my harness before
I get on the water. By putting the marks on the inside of the boom they
do not get rubbed off by the sand and dirt when the sail is laying on
2. I have measured all of my sails and put the information on a sheet
of paper so the boom length and mast length can be set correctly before
putting the sail together. This is especially helpful when you need
to setup a second or third sail. You can look at the sheet and figure
out what works with what before trying a new combination.
There are people who still rig faster than I do. What other tricks have
people worked out to make rigging FAST?
Rigging time is wasted sailing time.
who do not know about windsurfing.