Using Big sails??

Using Big sails??

Post by MOHANRAM_NARA.. » Fri, 05 Oct 1990 03:10:00


Is there any use of very big sails if you can't travel much faster than
the wind? If the wind is blowing at 8 Knots is there a limit to the
size of the sail (as most boards will not usually plane unless it is
travelling about 10 Knots). Is the largest sail size limited by your
body weight??

Narayan

 
 
 

Using Big sails??

Post by Tom Alber » Fri, 05 Oct 1990 22:23:30


Quote:

>Is there any use of very big sails if you can't travel much faster than
>the wind? If the wind is blowing at 8 Knots is there a limit to the
>size of the sail (as most boards will not usually plane unless it is
>travelling about 10 Knots). Is the largest sail size limited by your
>body weight??

>Narayan
>>----------

    In Colorado big sails are used quite a bit.  I have seen a guy on
    a 9.0 and a course board planing when guys with 7.5's and course
    boards were not.  IMHO, holding back a larger sail reduces your
    weight on the board and allows it to plane at slower speeds.

    tom.

 
 
 

Using Big sails??

Post by Ron Shar » Tue, 16 Oct 1990 08:08:02

In our sailing club in Melbourne sails of 8 to 10 sq.m. are commonly used
in racing on light wind days (below 15 knots). One chap has an 11.0 m sail and
he handles it without difficulty, even though he is of medium height (5'9")
and weight (around 150 pounds). However he keeps an eye open for changing
wind conditions. In one of the race classes, a limit of 8.5m
has been imposed since it was starting to get out of hand.

Ron Sharpe,
CSIRO Division of Building Construction and Engineering,