Getting on a plane

Getting on a plane

Post by joseph.t.henegh » Sat, 29 Sep 1990 00:14:19


The fundamental fact that noone's brought up is that you must
be moving fast to get on a plane. When you're waterstarting,
you must get on the board at a time when it's not moving yet.
I have a giant slalom board and when I waterstart, I put
my first foot just forward of the straps and my second foot
closer to the mast. If there is enough speed once the board
gets moving, I can then move back. You can pump the sail, but
that only gives you a temporary boost. I weigh 220 lbs. so
my system may be specific to my weight. If I were to put my
feet in the straps, I'd sink the tail of the board too much
I suspect.
                                        Joe Heneghan
 
 
 

Getting on a plane

Post by Bo knows windsurfing » Mon, 08 Oct 1990 15:11:30


Quote:
> my system may be specific to my weight. If I were to put my
> feet in the straps, I'd sink the tail of the board too much

When I'm overpowered, I waterstart with my feet in the straps.  Since the sail
is tilted to windward as you come out of the water, the sail and not the board
will be supporting your weight, so you won't sink the tail.  By the time your
sail is vertical, you'll be planing.

When I have to resort to this, it's usually time for me to rig a smaller sail.

-J