It was almost two years we were planning technical articles with our collaborator Greta Welcome. Then a prolonged sequence of unexpected forced us to postpone this project to date.
But this time we can finally start with the first episode dedicated to all beginners and girls windsurf: Greta explains how arm sailing!
Attention, the subject seems trivial and obvious a priori, but this article contains interesting and useful details for maximum simplicity’ with minimal effort.
Greta Welcome: “first I have to check that you have all the necessary materials, many times I happened to arrive on one spot in an epic day and have forgot something at home, then print well in your database this list:
● boma with cima and recovery gear for rdm
● Trapeze (or something to trim)
then take the second part of the tree (the thickest) and join the first checking that there is no sand in the joint and that the two parts are combined well.
Now push the entire tree in the Pocket to the top, where will hang in a cap or in the seam (depends on various brands of sails).
Insert the shaft sometimes is tough so I help grasping the shaft with one hand from the Pocket opening where the boom should be hooked and the other tree Pocket above the boom, I push with one hand and with the other I roll the tree inside the Pocket … easier to do than to say I mean!
Once the tree control that is locked well in top and sure of this I go to enter my extension cord to power up the bottom sail. How much should I give to my extension wing? It says on the sail, but this works if I used the recommended shaft by the company otherwise based on the directions of the House I go kinda attempts …
There is a precise method but it depends on how the pulleys are located in sailing, not always is the same for all, here in the photo you can see how the top to flow sequentially from the innermost pulley than the outside without ever crossing …
In other models of pulleys the Summit runs from first to last and then back to Center.
Why you should not cross? First because when I go to pull the sail trim the tops do not flow, and second because if in the long run intersect with rubbing and vibration in the water may break off and leave. Then check!!!
Now I'm ready to pull my sail … I sit on the floor, do a gas at the base of the Summit, step foot on extension and using the boost leg shot to the top with your hand or with the Trapeze toward me.
If you cannot use the "cazzatore", a very simple tool that is sold in stores of windsurfing that I recommend for preserving your back from possible accidents due to movement of the pull the sail … I use it for slalom, No I couldn't.
How long do I have to pull my sail? Some companies print symbols on the next-to-with the directions but generally very strong wind cazza and less in light winds. Personally I tend to trim much downhaul my sails because I feel lighter and neutral riding.
Now missing only the boom and my rig is ready to surf. Take the gearbox … nooo … the regulator where I put it?
How many times have you happened to leave at home? To me a lot so every time I remove the boma after a windsurfing I insert it into the handle of the boom so I'm sure it's always there.
Ok, reducer coupling the tree more or less to the height of where I will place the boom and now I enter the boma from below with the handle on the side of the tree.
How much should I trim of Ashlar? Generally I shoot until, by making a slight pressure with your hand on the Clew of the sail, the sail touches the boom without fatigue. Or I put myself on the side of the tree and do a pressure with both hands on the two middle battens toward the middle of the sail and see how Flex wing, If it touches the boom then it is too rigid and give up some Clew until tap without too much pressure.
If before I said that I liked sailing very shit downhaul I say now that I like little shit bugna, that is, I like a bit of belly so I have more power in the jumps. The trim is very personal and varies according to the wind and sea conditions so learn to listen to your feelings in the water and if you don't like how it pulls your sail back to shore and make small changes, Sometimes it takes very little to find the right trim. The last thing to check are the slats, If you see small folds lengthwise around the sticks then it means that they are too "soft" and you will have to adjust with the clutching stick until they disappear.
text: Greta Welcome – www.RIWmag.com
Photo by Sara Bernardini, rider avenues!
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