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J64TWB



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come off plane, head upwind, put money in the bank.
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westender



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2020 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Advice for planing through lulls? Reply with quote

A lofty goal! A very small percentage of sailors are "Blasting" even when there is no lull. Maybe it depends on your concept of Blasting. I'm all for it, don't get me wrong. Cool

mmclimbhigh wrote:
Hey Wind Junkies!
With regard to blasting through the lulls, ?
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manuel



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick side note that formulas and freestyle boards cruise through lulls like they don't even exist. While under sized wave boards tend to come to a complete stop no matter how much one jiggles around...
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isobars



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:14 am    Post subject: Re: Advice for planing through lulls? Reply with quote

westender wrote:
Maybe it depends on your concept of Blasting.

I've long had the impression that most people call planing in a straight line, ignoring any terrain, "blasting" aka "mowing the lawn".
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"A quick side note that formulas and freestyle boards cruise through pulls like they don't even exist. While under sized wave boards tend to come to a complete stop no matter how much one jiggles around..."
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Ditto on this. My board/sail choice has changed to bigger board/littler sail. Plane quicker, plane thru the lulls, not overpowered in the gusts, easier shlogging. More planing time = more swell time. I ride one board in the Gorge, 85 liter Fanatic Skate with 20cm freestyle fin, 2.8-4.7. That's probably a little extreme for most people but I swear by it. It has it's downsides but the upside far outweighs it.
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konajoe



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Changes in wind speed always result in a change in wind direction, as far as a sail is concerned. Do the vector math. Any drop in wind speed results in an apparent wind direction that is coming more from the nose of the board. (A sudden drop to 0 will always make the apparent wind come directly from the nose.) So immediately after a lull hits, your sail should be more sheeted in than it was a second before the lull hit.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't forget to bear off and get more weight on front straps by leaning down on your harness lines..
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konajoe



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll stick with holding your course, while paying attention to your sail trim, weighting your front foot, and being VERY still. Steering the board is considered acceleration, which requires energy that you would rather not use in this case.

Go back to the vector math, which will tell you what's going on with the apparent wind direction. Start with a steady wind of 20, and do an instantaneous drop to a steady 10. Hold your course perfectly still.

When the wind drops, the apparent wind swings way forward, meaning that you should sheet in to keep the sail trimmed correctly. Now, because the wind has dropped, you're going to start slowing down. The vector math shows that as you slow down, the wind will start to swing around to the side of the board. To keep your sail trimmed correctly, you'd need to ease the sail as you slow down. So, in effect, you are bearing off, even though you are holding your course.

If you do change your course down wind, you increase your chance of getting launched when the wind gusts back up, since the gust would make an apparent wind that would be coming from behind you.
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dllee



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, don't bother to heed your own advice.
You said lulls cause a slight headwind. So holding course just makes you head upwind higher, which automatically SLOW you down in the lighter wind
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grantmac017



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Point toes, go around peaking swells, straighten legs, transfer weight onto front foot and harness.
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