ADJUSTING YOUR WINDSURFING SAIL
Nose up ? Nose down ? Speed ? Pumping ? According to your practice, you can optimize the settings of your foil by playing on the rake.
GREER A NEW WINDSURF SAIL
We will first unfurl the sail, taking care that nothing can damage the sail. We put it well flat on a protected place. On the cover and at the bottom of the sail, generally, the specifications are indicated. It is therefore necessary to choose the right size of mast and extension to match them.
We will then present the mast that goes with the sail, taking care to fit it well and above all we will take care, once it is in the sail, before we hoist it, that it has not moved. We start from the bottom and slide the mast in its sheath until we reach the end of the head.
We will then be able to set the sail. Two types of pulleys exist, the one in the axis or the ones perpendicular to the edge. You have to be careful to pass the ends in the right direction to avoid crossing. We will be able to pull and put a little pressure in the sail. The end is then blocked in the cleat.
Now let’s move on to setting up the boom. Depending on the indication on the sail, the boom must be set to the correct length. The boom is then positioned and the handle on the mast side is closed. We then move on to listening. Be careful not to cross the end. The sail can then be trimmed so that there is as little space as possible between the boom and the eyelet of the sail.
The bottom of the sail can then be tensioned. For this, you can use a screwdriver to avoid damaging your hands!
As we are on a new sail, we must also check the tension level of the battens. If you see vertical folds, it means that the windsurfing sail lacks tension. Using a wrench, you must screw to remove the folds.
The sail is ready to go in the water.
It remains the watch puller to be fixed around the mast.
TIPS FOR ADJUSTING A WINDSURF Sail
On a freeride sail, slalom, it is important to adjust the sail properly. That is to say the adjustment of the tension which will allow the leech to open more or less by tensioning from the bottom of the sail. The stronger the wind is going to be and the faster we will want to go, we will have to hoist the sail. This is what we call making the sail “puke”.
When the winds are really light and you need to have more power, you will release 1 cm from the bottom of the sail, and this will put power back in the sail.
You must not have a sail that is too flat or too soft.
To your settings!