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    Posted: 25 Jul 16 at 4:31pm
Sorry if I'm out of touch here, but is the old, one pump per wave to promote planing still in the rules.

If so what constitutes a wave. On the Medway we get a lot of chop and occasionally some wash from a passing boat but no real waves?

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I have experienced it being interpreted as the wave being big enough to actually surf on as is the intent of the rule, the case being an on the water jury interpretation where they gave you 3 attempts to pump resulting in surfing before giving a penalty
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As MattK says, what matters is whether or not you are successful at initiating surfing or planing, not how big the wave is - see Pump 8 in the ISAF Interpretations of Rule 42:

PUMP 8 If a boat repeats an unsuccessful attempt to plane or surf, she is in the yellow light area. A third consecutive unsuccessful attempt is prohibited.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ifoxwell Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jul 16 at 11:23am
Thanks guys.

Not trying to be awkward here but what constitutes surfing. A good pump on any wave could lift you onto it even if it only last for a second? Is that enough

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Originally posted by ifoxwell

Thanks guys.

Not trying to be awkward here but what constitutes surfing. A good pump on any wave could lift you onto it even if it only last for a second? Is that enough


If you are serious about this, you really need to read the rules (rule 42 Propulsion) and the WS INTERPRETATIONS OF RULE 42, PROPULSION:



A 'wave' is something you can 'surf' on.

'surfing' means 'rapidly accelerating down the front of a wave' (rule 42.3( c ).

A little lift onto the crest is not enough:  you have to accelerate down the front of it.
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Look at it another way, a wave is something that can trap and reduce your speed in many circumstances since mostly over here they travel slower than the windspeed and your own potential to plane, so getting trapped in a trough and having to climb slowly up the back can be a drag, especially if you miss being able to surf down or along the slope. I'm sure I'm not telling you how to suck eggs when i say you snake through waves anyway, harden up along the troughs and only bear off and pump when you know the wave face behind will lift your stern enough to propel you down, up and over the next hump if your lucky, most often the best you can do is maintain station in a wave that might be travelling faster than the wind and your ambient pace,

Waves also affect different boats according to their wavelength and the boats length, try wrestling a 390 rockered boat against a 420 less rockered surfing bitch like the Laser, mucho kinetics required...

Edited by iGRF - 27 Jul 16 at 9:06pm
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