I've been having some problems downhauling my new sails, 1992 WindWing
I've talked to some really good racers who use WindWing Race Pro's (similar
to mine), and the word I get is that it is very difficult to get *too much*
downhaul. "Downhaul it as hard as you can, and you probably still won't have
Since I started taking heed to this advice, I'm pretty sure I have noticed an
improvement in the sails' power and range, especially top end speed.
SO HERE'S THE PROBLEM: I keep breaking stuff due to the downhaul required
I've broken 3 downhauls in the past month (one only lasted about 3 riggings).
After the last one broke, I figured I'd get smart and replace it with the
next size bigger line. The first time I rigged this, the pulley on the mast
extension blew out due to the extra force I was able to exert. The mast
extension was a Mistral unit that I got so it would easily snap into my
Mistral Energy mast track.
The short term solution has been to begin using the pulley (that fits into
the downhaul grommet on the sail) that came with the mast extension. This
reduces friction substantially compared to just routing the lines through
the grommet (I always made sure they weren't twisted). Reduced friction
==> less force required by me ==> less stress on the base ==> nothing's
broken so far. The problem with this, and the reason I had not been using
the pulley is that it adds at least an inch of clearance between the sail
and the board -> not so fast.
Has anyone else had so much trouble breaking downhauls?
Any clever solutions - Carbon/Kevlar downhaul lines for $10/foot perhaps?
Also, breaking the Mistral extension has made me think about what to use
for a permanent replacement. My Fleetwood is in really good shape, but
it doesn't have that reinforcement ring around the bottom that I've seen
on some of the newer ones.
Another thing I'd like is to be able to pull straight down. With the
Mistral and the Fiberspar extensions, you have to pull somewhat sideways to
clear the cleat. How is the Streamlined ext, it looks like a pretty clean
design, does anyone know how strong it is?
Thanks for any suggestions/related experiences.
Mistral Energy, WindWing Slalom Comps