Hi, I started windsurfing last year, and I'm starting to notice that
I'm improving that much these days. I intend to take some lessons
later this summer, but maybe I can get some quick tips in the
meantime. I have two boards, a large heavy Bic beginner board with a
daggerboard and mast track, and a lighter, shorter Fanatic Bat (170l?)
also with a daggerboard and mast track (and footstraps which I haven't
used. I weigh around 210 lbs (96kg.) I usually sail in 7-15 mph wind
with a 6.5m^2 sail (Gaastra 1x.) I have smaller sails too. I have
used my 5.5m^2 in higher wind and had pretty much the same problems
that I do in lighter wind with the larger sail.
What I have noticed:
I have trouble sailing without the mast all the way back or nearly so.
I have trouble sailing downwind, part of that may be because the mast
is all the way aft.
I usually only feel comfortable with one foot forward of the mast or
just aft of it.
I have trouble moving my weight back, so when the wind picks up the
nose dives and water flows over the board.
If I try to move back, it feels like I'm fighting something, like I
could do it if I were stronger, but it seems to me that it shouldn't
take that much strength. I'm pretty strong (I can carry that Bic
around by myself and it seems to weigh about as much as a hot water
I'm comfortable moving around the board otherwise. I have no problem
tacking, and jibing (with the board almost stalled.)
I don't use the Bic much, it's really unmanuverable and I can't carry
any speed through a jibe. The Bat, I often fall off if I don't carry
speed through a jibe. I had the Bic out the other day, as it was my
first time out this season and the water is cold. The Bic is easy to
stay on top of.
I think my problem is that I'm not properly balancing out the forces
at work, and thus I have to use too much strength. I don't understand
what keeps the rig upright if I move it forward or me aft. Seems like
the farther I get from the mast, the less leverage I have and the more
difficult it is to keep it upright, or up anyway.
I have been experimenting with my foot position on the board but I
haven't learned anything yet.