Thanks in part to this group I think I may have finally sorted out my
gear. I now have two boards and three sails;
2002 Starboard FF168 used with 8.5 2 cam and 7.0 raf sails
1996 Screamer 278 used with 5.9 raf and 7.0 raf
80 kg 40 year old with nearly 4 years experience
The Screamer and 5.9 are a relatively recent delve into "high" wind
sailing and have generally taken my whole windsurfing experience and
enjoyment to a new level. But I am finding waterstarts are making
progress very slowly and jibing not at all.
My problems are:
1. I can sometimes fly the sail and I can pretty well always do any
kind of beachstart. I can even drop off my board in deep water and get
up again. I just can't put it all together. I'm thinking of either
getting a PDF or one of those "Waterstarter" boom devices. My lack of
waterstarting ability is starting to kill my small board enjoyment and
I don't want to get too discouraged.
2. I can't get around on the screamer without falling off. Luckily my
spot has a shore at each side so I often fall where I can touch bottom.
Should I be looking at some kind of fast tack to get around in any wind
conditions? Or do I just need to put everyting into each jibe attempt
until I get round, planing or not I'm not fussy.
Any general advice appreciated.