Whereas we will discover ways to haul the sail up on actually small boards, it is rather difficult and wobbly because the boards can be sinking increasingly more as they get smaller. It’s a lot simpler as a substitute to study the water begin after we begin to windsurf with boards across the 140 litre mark.
The water begin in itself is principally only a seaside begin however with out having any floor below our ft as a degree of reference from which to manage the board. In different phrases, we may have a more durable time positioning the tools for and all through the water begin than for the seaside begin. The method nonetheless stays the identical: leaning our physique as far over the board as potential to get the sail as vertical as potential and out weight centre as shut as potential to the centreline of the board.
Lifting the sail out of the water
To make use of our energies most effectively we should use method greater than energy when lifting the sail out of the water. Our aim is to place the gear in order that the wind does the heavy lifting for us. The sail have to be with the mast at 90º or much less with regard to the wind and the board 90º to the mast pointing to the wind.
We now swim in direction of the wind with the mast till the sail is mendacity flat on the water. Don’t raise the mast up earlier than then for the reason that clew of the sail will keep caught within the water and both sink the sail once more or pull it out of your palms and flip it over. As soon as the higher half of the growth is totally out of the water we will begin lifting the mast up about 30 centimetres above the water utilizing the wind to raise it up completely. Fixed strain is vital as if we attempt to raise it by jerking it up it will not come out as a result of the water won’t have had time to run off of it.
As quickly because the sail is totally out of the water we will raise it over our head and begin positioning the board.
As with the seaside begin we should put strain and/or pull on the mast foot. Nonetheless, since we can’t use our ft on the bottom as a reference level, we should use a second level of contact with the gear in order that we will lever the tools into the right place. The entrance hand ought to be on the growth and the again hand both on the growth additionally or on the again of the board (the foot-strap will even do). This fashion we will lever the board into place.
As soon as the board is ready up at a beam attain, tending barely downwind (if the board is simply too far upwind the wind won’t raise us up however simply blow alongside the sail floor) we put together to do the precise waterstart.
Our again foot have to be laid onto the board between the back and front foot-straps. It will be significant that we solely lay it on and don’t push the board away as this might make the board luff up into the wind.
As we put our foot on we should put some strain on the mast foot by the mast with our entrance hand. To make this activity simpler we will lever with our again hand on the growth in the identical axis of the mast however upwards (don’t pust the growth upwards because the wind will push down on the sail however reasonably pull in direction of the mast prime in order that the angle of assault of the sail doesn’t change). All that is to make sure that the board stays on the right course.
Now we do three issues which if completed concurrently and protecting the board on target will end result within the sail lifting us out:
– Maintain the entrance arm straight to be able to raise the sail up as a lot as potential thereby presenting the utmost sail floor to the wind.
– Convey our physique near the board (bend knees, don’t maintain the legs stretched!)
– Lean our shoulders ahead to cut back the counterweight of our physique as a lot as potential (ie. to get the sail vertical and get our physique’s weight centre over the board).
As soon as we’ve gotten our physique over the board we open the sail (in order to not fall over on the opposite facet) and arise straight on the board, able to lean backwards and set ourselves as much as begin planing.