As all have said, your harness is too loose. While you don't want
your voice to rise an octave, you do want the harness to fit you snuggly
and so that it is next thing to being part of you. At that point, you
*are* the harness so that what you do *in* the harness is transmitted to
the rig. If you have it very loose, and it sure sounds that way, you
will be moving around inefficiently inside the harness to no useful
Seat harnesses generally will have the hook position below the waist
as they are *seat* oriented. Your hips will be the important factor.
Most of them will allow you to adjust the hook up or down some within
that area. With the seat harness, it is easier to commit your weight to
the hook, especially for flat water sailing.
Put your harness on, and tighten it up as much as possible (but
remember to breathe...). Have someone (that you trust...) hold the hook
while you lean back and sink down. Your seat should feel comfortable in
the harness and every movement of your seat should be reflected in some
feeling thru the hook. Ask someone else (an experienced sailor, someone
whom you know, and who trusts you) if you can try being in the position
of "being" the harness line and holding onto their hook while they
commit some weight to it.
> I recently watched some Peter Hart videos and their seat harness hook was
> very tight to their body and very "low". It looked like it was tight and
> maybe 2-3 inches below waistline area. I am new to the harness and
> wondering what is the "correct" position>>????
> I have had my gear ( 1999 speed seat) a couple inches loose on my waist so
> when I hook in, the distance the reactor bar is from my body is 4-5 inches.
> I think this may be affecting my weight distribution and may be the wrong
> Any guidelines or comments are greatly appreciated..