>Walked down to the beach (with difficulty) and thought about putting up
>my World Cup Slalom 4.5 and got told to forget it!! The average size was
>4.0 and most stuff out there was wave gear. Some nice jumps were done
>and alot of broken gear.
>My question to those guys who go sailing in gorge conditions, how can
>you rig a 4.0 or 4.5 so that it aint twitchy as hell and how the hell do
>you slow down to gybe (even laydowns were hard to do) when the wind is
>howling around the 40kt mark ? I am not sheeting out!! becuase the
>chop was about 2 ft high every 5 feet... very very rough hammering stuff.
It was blowing 30-40 at Rio Vista Saturday. I surveyed the big guys after
and we were on 3.5 to 4.5. those of us on 4.5's were overdownhauled to
make the sail act like a smaller sail (easier than rerigging and maybe
missing the wind). One guy at 180 was just about right on a 3.5. Locals
were getting good air time on 3.7 to 4.2s.
Jibing- Well, I read last week "speed is your friend when overpowered" so
I just gritted my teeth and went for it. With all that speed, I just carved
a nice wide arc and timed it with the 3' swells such that I didn't have as
much speed by the time I came off the 1st swell and into the back of the next
swell. Too little speed, and I could use the 2nd swell to regain speed!
Thanks to who ever wrote that advice as it sure worked for me. Hit 4 jibes
in a row like a champ where I was having problems jibing when overpowered
before. Oh yeah, if ya get scared your knees often tend to straighten and it
is launch city then. Really leaning into the turns seemed to help alot.
Who said you can't learn from reading?
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