On the way north on New Year's Eve I stopped at the Broadwater, I think that's what it's called, and tried out the still unused to me Fanatic XCross 140 (135lt x 260cm + 42 fin). I was going to put the Kona One in but decided to give the XCross a go as the sandbank on the other side looked inviting and rescue me from stuff ups and the wind was up enough for it.
Others there, nice people and good to sail with new faces, had 6.0-6.7 but they looked lighter than me. So I put up the 7.5 Ezzy Freeride and had a few short runs, rig and board flies in this combo! Gusts around 20+knots with a steady 15+knots and I was holding the 7.5 down and just on the verge of being overpowered in the bigger gusts. Flatwater made things more manageable. Straps were easy to get into. Stuffed up every gybe but towards the end of the session I was getting a feel of the board's turning ability...but I was buggered from flipping the sail into possie to waterstart so it was a good excuse to crash and burn. Pity we had to get back on the road north for Peregian, there was another hour of sunlight left. Nice to stand on sand than mud for a change too.
This is the first "modern" shortboard I've used after my waveboard from the late '80s, so after a near 20 year break from it it felt good to be on something shorter than the Kona One. Ironic that the Fanatic is the same length as my old glassboard but at a guess 30+ litres more! Pity the run was very short compared to where I currently sail, I might get a chance to have another go in a day or two in our local lake and give it a decent run now that I'm home. I now know that it can point quite well at speed so dodging oyster leases should be OK...I think.
Also fitted brand new longer adjustable harness lines, a progress from my home made jobbies. Still trying to find the happy medium length as I was literally dragging my arse when reaching but OK-ish bearing away. I lowered the boom near down to the bottom of the boom cutout on the sail as I want to use the tail of the board to help me with water starts, just have to fiddle with the harness line length now.
Here's a pic my son took of me bearing away on my first run, I got on to full plane and pointed it downwind to dodge the houseboat and the board took off like a rocket...wooohoooo! At this speed it was easy to steer/point. Combined with experimenting with new harness lines and boom height = verge of catapulting in a big way. Pics are good to use to analyse sail, rig and body possie, there's a lot to be desired! This is only my 3rd photo of me taken in windsurfing, last one was around '82-83! And no I'm not wearing a Gath helmet...fark all my hair has gone white...geezus I've become an old fart!
Reckon with your dedication by your report, won’t be long before you get the system sorted, well done. Just a tip, get a Gath or something equivalent, saves ya noggin , and the grey hair from colouring claret when you bash your cruet. I know your just starting out on a new kit, but see if you can link up with some of the guys from the GPSTC in your area. Best bunch about to get some great advise and tips from.
Good on ya Raf, you look like you were screaming along. Well played mate. Regards, Adam
well done Raf!!! I remember the feeling well. Be the ball!!
Good to see your back into it! Have fun!Ps - Looking at the photo when did the windshadow of the houseboat hit you? Always got to be ready for that!
Yeah I was going to say your stance is a bit out. Definitely shorter harness lines & higher boom will help. How long are your harness lines?
Looks like you need to straighten your legs and point your toes. You want your feet pushing across the board not down into it.
You got a bit of the poo stance going on
Yeah you are all correct and what I was thinking.
Adam, good to hear from you, and Rockstar I agree whole heartedly with the boom height , I use normal chest high when on the Kona One, but I was trying to find a compromise in boom height and harness line length (range 26"-32" and set at approx 30"-31") and utilise the boards tail. I didn't have a long enough session to experiment much more but definately pulled them in a bit from full length after the first run. 2nd pic is returning from the first run out, adjusted 'em a bit when I reached the beach but still dragged my arse...which I reckon is my stance. But I remeber doing similar things to my old waist harness when I used it with a clip-on seat and took the "poo stance" as wespyyl put it. Nearly got it right but kept on sailing coz I was hooting along and having fun and running out of time quickly.
Good heads up Trousers, I will or have developed bad habits from this, it's a carry over attitude from my old waveboard where the mast track was waaay forward compared to todays standards and plonking the boom on the tail was easier work. I also noticed that because the track is around 30cm further back on the Fanatic the nose of the board wants to turn into the wind much more than I remember with the '80s glassboard when you actually hoik up the sail in a waterstart. The Kona is like the old glassboard so I haven't noticed the difference.
Normally I can still jerk the sail from around boom height if it was laying mast to wind in the water on the lee side of the board, this usually pops it up enough for the wind to do the work and I swing the mast tip into the wind and I'm up again. But if I stuff up after a few goes I'm pooped. That's were fitness comes in or a PFD! I still know how to water start in near zero wind using the monkey climb up the foot of the sail and mast but fark if I can do it now.
TOW TOW TOW.
Thanks for the feedback people's it's much appreciated.
^^^^^^good point trousers makes on the waterstarting using the boom. Must have skipped that point you made in your first post. Break that habbit.....boom up, get the stance more upright, more control, safer and faster sailing, but harder waterstarts.............but consider you are sailing for longer in a session then you are trying to waterstart (timewise....well hopefully) so waterstarting without the back of the board is somthing worth learning
Hope to see you on the water again soon when i replace my car and gear
EDIT: sorry Raf, you posted just as I was posting, didnt see your reply