> Hi Chris!
> I know that you are seeking information on radios etc which I
> unfortunately can't really help you with. Tom from Chicago had some
> thoughts on these kind of things in the past so he might be able to
> Instead I'm going to strongly suggest you consider spending a day or
> two working on solid self-rescue techniques. One thing I learned from
> sailing in the winter on the Great Lakes is that there are times when
> noone can help you know matter how many calls you make. The ultimate
> solution is yours to make. Personally I would much rather be working
> actively on my own self-rescue then passively waiting for someone to
> answer my call anyway! :)
> In this vein, I encourage people to post some self-rescue techniques
> the following:
> 1) Broken mast
Typical break below the boom:
Throw away the smaller part of
the lower mast.
Pull mast tip out of the upper sail
luff, through the sail cutout.
Reverse tip and reinsert in luff
upside down, through the sail cutout.
Insert tip in lower mast half.
Reclamp boom at top of remaining
lower mast half.
You now have a somewhat functioning
sail to return to the launch.
> 2) Broken universal
When tendon pin comes loose, you can
just reinsert tendon in base and sail
in. No jumps!
My universals have straps to hold
it together enough to get back.
You might also be able to lash it
back together with spare line, to
In emergency, get back. Otherwise
get help and avoid damaging the
> 3) Broken fin
With broken tab on E-base fins,
remove fin, put in backwards
and sail back, or just sail back
in as is with fin still attached.
With lost fin, consider using the
harness strapped around rear of board
through footstraps and under board to
serve as a crude drag "fin."
Depending on rig, some can sail without
a fin, on rail, etc., but most likely
only off the wind.
Good to practice this, anyway when
not in trouble. Good practice handling
> 4) 1 board turns into 2
Some have sailed in with rear part of
board under their arm. Will retain
some flotation. See #3.
> 5) Ripped sail
Use partial sail, esp. if only one panel.
> 6) Too much wind
Flatten sail w. downhaul & outhaul.
Learn to sail overpowered.
Buttsail in, keeping rig low.
Lengthen harness lines and/or
adjust boom to better leverage
your bodyweight and handle the
> 7) Wind drops while on a sinker
Learn to slog your sinker in non-
planing conditions, esp. how to get
Learn to do clew first jibes on a
small board in light wind.
Buttsail patiently waiting for a gust,
then waterstart and resume sailing.
(Assuming the water is not a feeding
ground for big predators.)
Improve waterstarting in light wind.
Lower boom clamp first if necessary.
Practice uphauling your small boards.
> 8) Ripped drysuit in freezing waters
Make certain the suit does not fill
with water. Use spare line to reseal
leg or arm above rip. Remove seal
below the rip by tearing it off if
necessary to remove trapped water.
Waterstart and get back to launch.
Plan your cold weather sailing
assuming this will happen. Carry
spare line. Sail with a buddy.
Stay upwind of launch, etc.
> 9) Broken boom
Reverse boom or sail back clew first.
Learn to waterstart and sail clew
> 10) Broken leg(s)
Use arms to pull yourself on the
board and hope you get help.
One fellow just sailed back with
a broken leg -- too cold to wait
Learn to waterstart with one leg
on the board, either the rear leg
or the front leg.
> 11) Broken downhaul/outhaul line
Use spare line. Learn to rig and
and adjust rig on the water.
Use remaining piece(s) to rerig.
Use a long outhaul line, so you
could switch lines in the event
of a broken downhaul.
> 12) Broken harness
Learn to sail without a harness.
If hook breaks off, watch out for
the sharp jagged ends!
If arms tire, rest by slogging
with feet near mast and sheeted
> 13) Broken footstrap
> 14) Waterlogged mast
To uphaul heavy rig, use EZ
uphaul or wrap uphaul around
your harness hook and use your
legs to clear sail from water.
If no uphaul, rig one with a
Lower boom if necessary and
use tail of board to help fly
> Add more if you can think of them. I'll follow up in a few days with
> some of the solutions I've come up with.
> No disrespect intended.
> ~Jamie N
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