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Originally posted by iGRF

I'm having to have a bit of a lie down after today, wind was a bit holey, but it was warm and force 3-4, lovely conditions. Once again I screwed the start by arriving a bit early so had to foot off down the line but once underway got off into clean air and wired. The wiring is coming together now, and I only had two issues, one miss tack (harness back got caught under the boom)into irons, and one miss hook (hooked in under the hook plate instead of the hook again) and fell in to windward which dropped me back to the next boat which was a Blaze so had a good race with him, and managed to get back passed him upwind.
It was a fabulous day and a fabulous race, best race yet, 5th on corrected in the biggest fleet we've had all year. which would have been better if I'd not made those three mistakes, so I'm pleased as punch it's all finally coming together.

If I ever get a clean start and these conditions again and don't do anything stupid I can see the day when I get that elusive bullet.

Really happy for you iGRF. Glad you are having a great time with it.
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Fourth over the water tonight was holding 2nd for a bit until I stupidly went out to sea for more wind but got more tide and a couple of up the coast lasers got a better shift. Beaten by a V3000 which doesn't hang about in a breeze and an RS100 and the 1st Laser, no Contenders tonight and got some on the water coaching by one of the helms in the race boat which totally screwed me up (I'm useless at being told stuff, I have to watch and learn). But no capsizes tonight and only one irons experience, had a couple of ropey tacks, but other than that it was all cool and I'm developing a similar technique up wind like you do on a long board, letting your front foot float slightly whilst leaning hard forward.

Edited by iGRF - 13 Jul 18 at 8:43am
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 5:53am
Sounds brilliant, loving the enthusiasm and not a mention of PYs, simply sailing. Thumbs Up
Similar feeling I get from my Contender (never sailed a windsurfer mind) and I probably have more than a couple of ropey tacks but still hugely engaging fun.     
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jack Sparrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Jul 18 at 8:57am
It's amazing what happens when people sail boats that genuinely feedback a truckload of joy. They forget about all the other stuff that normally bothers them. Should that not be the starting point for everyone?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jul 18 at 6:27pm
I'm on duty tomorrow and it was a classic Hythe Easterly today, so I did something i've never done before, just went out for a blast just for the sheer joy.

And yeah I know, the main halyard had stretched and I hadn't tightened it, but I didn't care..

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jul 18 at 9:07pm
Now y're talking.  Cool
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Noah Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Jul 18 at 5:20pm
Where’s the ‘like’ button. GRF seems to have found a steed that suits his stature, his ability and his ambition. Good news all round. I for one am really pleased for him.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rich96 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jul 18 at 8:09am
Yes

Everything in these photos looks 'to scale', comfortable and very nice (except perhaps the lid ?)

Previous photos from previous various craft have sometimes looked a bit uncomfortable

Perhaps this latest venture will be 'the one' ?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Jul 18 at 9:53am
Well that turned out to be a good decision Sunday turned out to be a light wind day, as to the lid, if your head has been smacked by the boom as often as mine, you'd wear one, I do take it off in light conditions but that day had been quite breezy earlier, a good four to five and I'd been pushing it a bit to see what I can get away with, those pics were taken as I was coming in.

I'd just had what in windsurfing terms we'd call spin out, I was in the back straps footed right off and flying when the whole back end just broke out (probably cavitation) and I ended up swinging into the back of the boat legs in the air,with the whole lot just managing to stay the right way up but head to wind, quite sudden quite alarming.

Now poor fins(bendy) usually cause spin out, air gets down the foil and the board breaks out, never had it happen in a boat before, I'm obviously doing something wrong but can't think what, or maybe that rudder does need a T foil to stop aeration, not that it's likely to happen in a race, we never get courses that suit great riding angles.

Oh and thanks for you positive comments, I am enjoying the fun of sailing it if not the race results to date..

Edited by iGRF - 16 Jul 18 at 10:00am
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Are you lifting the board when reaching?
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