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adywind



Joined: 08 Jan 2012
Posts: 211

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its only your equipment that's holding you back right now! Start matching rig and board and you'll be amazed how much easier and how much more fun windsurfing is.
First thing: ditch your board-you are past the stage it was intended for. Second-loosen the battens on your 5ish sail and store it properly. You will need it again after a season or two, when you'll be ready to take on winds above 25 mph with a 90ish lt/~ 60 cm wide board.
Third: start looking for a 75/80 cm wide Freeride/ Freerace board and 7.5 to 8.5 Freeride camberless sail with at least 6 batten/best with 7/. Try to get as new as possible and as lighter construction as possible.Also make sure mast and boom match the new sail /get a mast preferably from the same brand as the sail with a carbon content of 50% or more/.Waist harness and long adjustable harness lines.Mast foot and mast extension of decent quality and same pin type. Don't forget a board nose protector /the ones made of foam and get glued to the nose are best/ and board bag.
This will be the set up you will be using most in the conditions you describe, so invest long therm.
last but not least:start seeking information online for every difficulty you have on the water /water starting , jibing etc./. Always pay attention what the instructions say about where you should be looking while doing the move /you wont believe how important it is/.
Play it safe and good luck!
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PLEASE, rgomez ... talk to local sailors AND try out some big gear before spending thousands of dollars on the gear size and type recommendations here. In the wind range you're describing, literally one knot or one square meter or 20 liters can and often will determine whether you can plane. If nothing else, the planing potential difference between 6 and 10 kts is measured in light years.
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adywind



Joined: 08 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It worked for me, why would it not work for him?! Just 2 seasons ago I was in the same situation like him-past the absolute beginner phase and taking somebody's bad advise to buy a 160 lt board and a 6.5 sail. It was as frustrating as it gets. Things started to change for the better only when I got a 7.5 sail, I finally started planing occasionally and having fun. Two seasons later I have a 80 cm wide Freerace board matched to a 9 m sail, a 70 cm Slalom board matched to a 7.5 sail and a 60 cm FSW board with a 5.8 sail with another 5m and 4.5 in mind. I'm proficient in water starting , planing jibes and fast tacks. Can't wait for the next season to start wave riding and to get that forward loop. My skills progressed rapidly with every downsizing . I'm slightly heavier then him and sail on the Grate Lakes-fresh water and less then perfect wind conditions.
And please forget about 6 to 10 knots winds ALL the time, this could not be possibly thrue. My threshold for planing consistently is 10 knots, below that I don't go winsurfing, I cruse on my SUP with the dog for company.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

adywind wrote:
It worked for me; why would it not work for him?

then answered his (her?) own question when s/he wrote:
And please forget about 6 to 10 knots winds ALL the time, this could not be possibly true. My threshold for planing consistently is 10 knots
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
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Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, 10 knots is planable, 8 maybe with a 9.5. 6 might be the threshold for
a light woman on a 12M sail. If the OP wants to plane more, he should
get an even bigger sail than a 7.5, in my opinion. That fun comes at
a certain expense.

-Craig

adywind wrote:
And please forget about 6 to 10 knots winds ALL the time, this could not be possibly thrue. My threshold for planing consistently is 10 knots, below that I don't go winsurfing, I cruse on my SUP with the dog for company.
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