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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ochilton wrote:
Nice to hear we have so many people who are prepared to help their fellow sailors. I have performed many rescues and received many myself. My favorite method is tower ties line to his harness hook. Townie spends a sensible amount of time making sure they have a low-drag package to lie on. They can hold the line or tie it to their UJ.
Owain.


I've done this too, although I tried to tie the tow rope to the ring on the back of my harness (yes, it's a "wahine kite", not a windsurf harness, no comment as to why I use that). It's a bit creepy to be tied to the "towee" sea anchor when you're trying to setup for the waterstart, Owain's suggestion of the front hook might be easier.
It does vastly simplify dealing with the forces involved, I'm often on small gear (150#, 70liters, 4.2^m in the low 20s) so I am slogging with the board low in the water, there's a lot of alternating sink-rise going on.

That said, if the "tower" is on a bigger sail and board, the "towee" really ought to consider tying the line to the BACK footstrap and put the towed board backwards. The towee can then remove the uni joint and lie on the nose of the towed board holding onto the front footstraps. This gets the tail of the towed board up in the air so the fin doesn't drag significantly (since the back strap is being pulled upwards by the "tower" harness as well).
Towee can get most of the body into a low drag configuration and has plenty of grip on the board...

I recall back in the day Prescott towing Jay R. (likely 80# heavier) back from the channel in this config, both fully planing. I was able to pass them to leeward, but not with that much relative speed.
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