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You can organise on the fly out & downhaul systems, some would dump both at the weather mark and balloon out the sail for the downwind legs, personally I preferred a tight rig which pumps better and the time taken to adjust the downhaul measured against a lost shift or tack whilst you were distracted wasn't worth the preceived speed gain.

Back in the day I experimented with boom vangs (kicker style arrangement) and topping lifts but really nothing works any better than good hard pumping, something I can do in a dinghy now, but the Miracle Mums whine like biatches even if they see the little Solution rocking a bit, they don't even like it when I stand up to force it to leeward with my knees when it gets a bit iffy.

But I've got to say what they're suggesting in that video about leaning it to leeward then rocking out hard looks exactly like pumping to me.

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When I was racing Raceboards (and Div 1 before that) I had an on-the-water adjustable outhaul and downhaul. They got adjusted at every windward and leeward mark, and the downhaul was a life saver if the wind really picked up (or dropped). With the Demon Design sails I was using it made a huge difference to the available power and controllability. Compared to (less sophisticated) mainstream designs they were fairly tight leeched (so fast in the light/marginal stuff) but lots of downhaul (mine was 8:1) would open it up enough for my 65kg (as was) to hold on up to 25 knots. Sadly I'm no longer fit enough to pump as much as is required for competitive windsurf racing.

Originally posted by iGRF

But I've got to say what they're suggesting in that video about leaning it to leeward then rocking out hard looks exactly like pumping to me.

It is but it's not the demented butterflies us raceboard sailors look like on a light wind run :)

Apparently you can do it (as a roll tack or gybe) but only if it doesn't make the boat go faster!!!!!


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Originally posted by iGRF


But I've got to say what they're suggesting in that video about leaning it to leeward then rocking out hard looks exactly like pumping to me.


And if your course didn't change it would be. You lean it to leeward to steer the boat, then roll it flat.
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Still dodgy as hell, if you ask me, like roll tacking for the sake of it, rather than acting on windshifts or tactics. Watching a Laser start is like watching synchronised cheating.
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Or 'demented butterflies'..... Oh hang on that's windsurfers innit?
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