Starboard GO as all-round board? Comments, please

Starboard GO as all-round board? Comments, please

Post by chris_sut.. » Fri, 11 Aug 2000 04:00:00

If you know a shop that has them in stock,

> please let me know. I have several people who would love get a
> set.

From what i have heard,  no stores have anymore in stock.  they were
supposed to be back  about 5 months ago... but  we have herad wo word
from them...   If you are really desperate  maybe you can    get my dad
to make some..   they   are pretty decent....   lol

-Chris Sutton

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Starboard GO as all-round board? Comments, please

Post by charlesive » Fri, 11 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Long Board technique is often harmful to shortboarders and this is clearly a
case where the long board method of pushing the leeward rail is the opposite
of what a shortboarders does.  It is the windward rail you should sink on
your board.  Another difference is tacking.  On a long board the fastest
tack involves pulling the sail across the center line but the short board
should be tacked much sooner, so that you use your opposite side arm to grab
the boom before it gets to the center line and sweep it across as you
jump-pivot around the mast.  You actually place your forward foot around to
leeward with the toes pointing aft and the foot even or past the mast, not
in front of it.  As you do this you actually carve the tack as well.  This
takes advantage of the much quicker turn possible with the short board and
keeps the nose up.  At least that's the way I try to do it on the same board
you have.  Of course, without a bigger sail all this hardly matters.



> Wow, Thanks all for the information, everyone.

> A point of clarification - for best upwind angle in light sub-planing
> wind, sink the WINDWARD rail of the GO?  Please confirm this. I was once
> advised to sink the LEEWARD rail, but this might have been in reference
> to boards with a centerboard.

> The 7.9 (HOT Sails Sonic - 3 cams) and a 55% carbon mast (490) were my
> permitted purchases this year. I will either have to pull some overtime,
> or ask Santa about a 9m Retro for next year.

> ken


Starboard GO as all-round board? Comments, please

Post by Loui » Fri, 11 Aug 2000 04:00:00

Been there, done that.

Although it is possible to work the GO board upwind in subplaning
conditions, it takes technique and a large sail.  This is something you
do when you are caught on the lake when the wind dies. You do not leave
the beach knowing that you will be subplaning the whole time.

This is the fundamental difference between the GO board and a
longboard.  On a longboard you can cruise the lake on a nice sunny day
and still enjoy yourself even if you only manage to plane a couple of
times. If this sounds familiar, then get yourself a Phoenix or one of
the other boards you mentioned and don't look back.  The Phoenix
probably carve jibes almost as well as the GO, and there is just no
comparing the two while less than planing.  Hell, during the freestyle
competition on Cape Cod they were using the Phoenix, so no one can say
they aren't any fun in light winds.

BTW, I just sold my longboard in favor of a GO.  I really like the GO,
but I will probably buy another longboard because of the inconsistent
wind conditions at the cottage.



> Hi all,

> I bought a GO when they first came available here last year, because it
> was described as an ideal first-planing board and had respectable
> performance at sub-plane speed. (and is great quality for the price)

> I do love the thing- it's light, easy to sail... I'm now planing, and
> starting to master it in higher winds. The problem is that sub-planing
> it really does not go upwind too well, compared to something with a
> centerboard, and I've been downwinded a few times on light days. So, it
> doesn't seem to be the single "do-all" board I was hoping to find.

> My conditions - I sail in Southern Ontario, and the summer conditions
> are most often light. Spring and fall are breezier. I'm a perpetual
> intermediate, and not likely to have a quiver of tiny boards in this
> lifetime. I'm getting a kick out of planing, but resigned to the fact
> that I must also sail and enjoy sub-planing conditions. I have modern
> 7.9 and 6.5 sails.

> So, I'm wondering if there exists a board in the 150 L to 180 L range
> with a retractable centerboard that is fun to plane in 10+ knots, but
> also respctable for light days... the ultimate single inland "summer"
> board? Like for example the Phoenix 320 or one of the Veloce's? Or
> should I hang onto the GO and  look for a used Mistral Superlite?

> Last word... In Cabarete this spring, I sailed almost the whole week on
> a HiFly Maxx... and I enjoyed it a heck of a lot more than I thought I
> would. It was, for me, a blast to plane on.

> Thanks for any comments or advice.