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Well It came good yesterday in a bit more wind, 5-8 mph at a guess, it pulled away from our little recreational gathering after a rabbit start, Lasers & Solution it was one and a half minutes quicker in a 45 minute session and 2 min fifty in the second but that time the next chasing boat got itself stuck in a hole. Triangle sausage. A lot quicker up wind, came out of one start in which it had been buried after a lifting gust took the next boat out of the gate over and on top covering us, but as the wind built a bit it came out from under and pulled away.
Offwind it lost ground particularly on the dead run, I put that down to the overly raked rig and inability to sheet right out square, but all in all it felt great to restore natural order.. If all else fails, nothing like buying yourself back to the front of the fleet..

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Glad you are enjoying it but wait, what? Rabbit racing, recreational gathering? Is Hythe not bound by lockdown regs?!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Nov 20 at 7:16pm
Originally posted by A2Z

Glad you are enjoying it but wait, what? Rabbit racing, recreational gathering? Is Hythe not bound by lockdown regs?!


Hythe Elf & Safety Sailing Club couldn't wait to lock down, so they could launder their big girls blouses, this is down the lake, it's still open and they're all out in force(the fish botherers). Officially the club house is closed, but it's a fly blown dump anyway so no big loss, so we change in the car the boats go in the water we have a bit of recreational sailing, just happens we all went the same way, after one of us rabbit started... Wednesday afternoon rules..


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GRF ...offwind 'light' stuff - ease the kicker and be prepared to dog-leg.   You simply don't have to go dead down-wind in grotty light wind stuff and you will be no faster than a laser sailing at approx wind speed if you do.  Hybrid (or 'Fireblade' if you must ...) is of course potentially faster (VMG wise) but not unless you dog-leg.  So throw in a few gybes, sail away a few degrees higher than 'dead' downwind or so and then gybe .. repeat as necessary and your offwind VMG will be very much improved. (you cannot do this really in a Laser or Solution - they tend to be too slow to benefit).  Do this and you also escape the wind shadow of any 'slow' ones behind as well.  All they can do is 'follow' dead down wind as they cannot improve their VMG  if they try dog-legging and gybing. 

Costs not a lot to try it for yourself - you will 'get it' before too long ....  Wink    Good luck.    
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Yeah I did that a couple of times and when the shifts were right it worked but when they caught me out.... There he was.. This I might add another shift aware ex windsurfer who we shall call skeletor since he must weigh about 59 kilos and flies in light weather with one of those super sized M&B 'training sails'.. And it took me a bit to work out just how far forward you have to sit to stop the stern noise. I need a saddle just in front of the Centre board.. ;-)

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Glad you are enjoying it but wait, what? Rabbit racing, recreational gathering? Is Hythe not bound by lockdown regs?!

Itís fine, itís Kent  LOL
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Originally posted by A2Z

Glad you are enjoying it but wait, what? Rabbit racing, recreational gathering? Is Hythe not bound by lockdown regs?!

Itís fine, itís Kent† LOL


Kent is now like that area between where you drive off the ferry and where you show your passport. No man's land, so England's rules don't count. It'll all be tarmac and dumped containers soon.
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Passport? Most of the arrivals thse days come across the Channel in rubber boats on no passport day trips - one way, we even have special escort vessels to help them, labelled Border Force, two today.
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You can't sink them or nudge them all the way back to France.
Have you thought about extra sails?
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Originally posted by 423zero

You can't sink them or nudge them all the way back to France.
Have you thought about extra sails?


If I do this, I'll go for mast choice, sail choice, centreboard choice (Because all good windsurfers know if you change the sail you should also change the fin/plate). At the moment I'm trying to source carbon masts at a respectable figure (way south of £1000) Sails for less than £600. A sliding mast track that can be adjusted on the fly (to rake and raise the rig properly)and if I manage it all, then it will be a super little racing boat which will be fun and yes a little technical to sail.
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