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posted on 3-7-2008 at 10:31 Reply With Quote
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hi all, im new to the forum so please bear with me, im reasonably new to windsurfing, ive had the rya course and am doing ok, i have a problem though, my board always tends to steer into the wind causing me problems, i have tried tilting the mast towards the front of the board but problem stays !
i have a rio board with 5.7 rig.

can anyone help please

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posted on 3-7-2008 at 16:36 Reply With Quote
Its all about mastfoot pressure as well as tilting the rig towards the front of the board. Its a common problem so stick with it and try to channel the power of the rig through the mastfoot so that it pushes the nose of the board downwind a little.... You can get the feel of this by manouvering the board in shallow water whilst standing next to it (as if you were about to do a beach start). If you push down through the mastfoot the nose of the board will move away from you.

Also, do you have the centerboard down as that will help.

It will come with practice though and it is just a matter of keeping at it until you get the feeling..

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posted on 3-7-2008 at 17:33 Reply With Quote
thanks for that , will the positioning of the mast on the mast track affect this ?

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posted on 3-7-2008 at 17:48 Reply With Quote
Another thing to do is to push through the front foot as well to push it off the wind and don't be too heavy footed on the back foot.





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posted on 3-7-2008 at 17:51 Reply With Quote
thanks, does the mast position on the mast track affect this please

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posted on 4-7-2008 at 05:40 Reply With Quote
It will a bit... Moving it further forward may help, but in the end the mast foot position is more to do with the size of the sail you are using. For general sailing on the sort of board you are using with a 5.7m sail then I would imagine the mast foot should be pretty much in the middle of the track.... However, it is all about experimentation so move it and see if it helps. Everyone is different and everyone has different sailing stances so moving things around to see what best suits you is always a good idea.

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posted on 4-7-2008 at 07:07 Reply With Quote
cheers al, i.ll try your suggestions

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