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GuyT



Joined: 13 Sep 2002
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stuebing wrote:
With a broken fin, you can always remove your harness and secure it to the tail of your board at the rear harness strap. That is not great since your harness is no longer holding the boom, and the harness dragging in the water is inefficient, keeping things slow and turning more than desired. But this self rescue does work, is faster and easier than swimming. I have done it myself successfully at one of the widest points in The Gorge. Help from other sailors is better, but self rescue should always be a last option. Carl S


Hi Carl,

Yesterday, I broke another fin while I was a couple of miles off shore.

I tried the harness trick, it worked, it took me an hour or so to get back to my starting point . It happened on the St Laurence river back home, in moderate wind/swell.

Ready now to self-rescue on the Columbia.!

Thanks!
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jota



Joined: 28 Feb 2001
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GuyT wrote:
Yesterday, I broke another fin while I was a couple of miles off shore.


How did you break a fin a couple of miles offshore (ie what did you hit)? he asked on a hot windless day.
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GuyT



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jota wrote:
GuyT wrote:
Yesterday, I broke another fin while I was a couple of miles off shore.


How did you break a fin a couple of miles offshore (ie what did you hit)? he asked on a hot windless day.


I hit a hidden huge rock that was laying there, right in the middle of the river. Actually, it is a lake, since the St-Laurence River gets wider there (St-Pierre Lake).

It was near that lighthouse you see on that picture:

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knifeonwater



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to stir it up a bit; if your sailing in the stumps at the Hatch, Swell, or Dougs youn are sailing in the wrong place. Lots of other places to flat water jibe. Try Mosier, Rowena, Stevenson, etc... Good self rescue tips though. When in doubt, swim MF. Old school, but still very effective.
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GuyT



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

knifeonwater wrote:
Just to stir it up a bit; if your sailing in the stumps at the Hatch, Swell, or Dougs youn are sailing in the wrong place. Lots of other places to flat water jibe. Try Mosier, Rowena, Stevenson, etc...


Got the message, I'm out of here.
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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I lie in the waterstart position, use my back foot in its strap to rail the board up 90 degrees onto its windward rail, and butt-sail home. It's quite relaxing, and one can even use the board's rocker to minimize lost ground or even pinch upwind a bit like this.
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