New Raceboard – Racing sailboard
Wave piercing Race Board
First of its kind.
Bruce has made a new racing sailboard which could be desrcibed as a wave piercing board.There has been some interesrt in the board and we are now considering making a few for the prospective racers and those that like going fast on all points of sailing.
A complete sequence for the build can be seen and the board racing at St Mawes in Cornwall in October 2010.
Anyone interested in these boards please contact us.
Measurements: Length 3800mm Width 640mm Max Depth 200mm Centreboard depth 800mm Fin box : Tuttle Fin in use: Drake 42 cm
There is a write up on the boards performance by my ‘bugly other’ , Peter Keeping, Ex-world champion from 1988. Below are some pictures of the board although a full pictorial history can be found on:https://picasaweb.google.com/105719812004411566272/BoardBuildPhotos?authkey=Gv1sRgCIqk0rqHtYD-CA
New Long board
Having not sailed a long board for quite some…approximately 20 years, I was thrilled that my elder uglier brother asked to try out his new board.
The first day of the event was windy, and one of the main problems was not the board but the user. I spent several hours getting myself and the rig set up as best I could for the conditions.
I was using a Demon Design 7.5 from years ago (Steve Ireland K1402), so the sail was not the newer version, with the open leech.
This made sailing in 20 knots + bloody difficult.
HOWEVER, once I was a little more comfortable, I started sailing the board upwind. As you are all aware, with a wind of 20 knots, there is quite a small short chop. I was gob smacked by the way I went up wind. The first few seconds were amazing, because I watched the bow drove straight INTO the wave.I was expecting to be flung forward but was surprised that that ere was hardly any loss of boat speed whatsoever. The board did NOT ride OVER the wave…it went straight through it….it was bloody awesome. It is a true wave piercing board, and really comfortable.
There is no noticeable speed loss as you go through the waves, and that awful feeling of thinking you are going to be flung forward when the board goes into the waves quickly evaporated, and I actually started to smile, and continue sailing out of the bay, which was in the lee of the true wind and sailing bigger waves….same effect…straight through the waves.
Tacking with the track forward is not fast, but I am sure with more time on the water, she will tack easily. (Move the track back, and the bow lifts out of the water, and she will tack round more quickly.) However. I did point out to my brother that the tacks were a long arc into wind, so no ground was lost. Like everything, it is finding the correct technique to get the results you want (well that’s what my girlfriend keeps telling me!)
Downwind, track back, board up, it felt bloody fast, and again, I experienced that bloody awful feeling, but 20 times as bad, watching the bow disappear into the wave, and then being pleasantly surprised as the board continued forward. It is a strange feeling watching ALL the bow disappear under the waves, but after a few minutes you get used and start smiling again, and not worry that you feet a firmly in the back straps.
The first couple of gybes were a complete disaster, but gradually the cob webs disappeard out of the system, and I was starting to carve.
The main problem I had was that I was not fit enough to truly test this board. I buggered up the tendons in my wrists on the first day, so was nervous about the next day.
I did a few races, and with each race, the results got better, but it was me who was rusty as hell.
So, with a day of experience on the new board, in 20 knots,and after a 20 year gap in racing, I think we can say the board has the following
Rails up wind
Planes downwind no problem at all
The next day, we had much lighter winds (Bruce what was the wind strength)
I was using a Demon 9.5, which had been converted from a Formula sail…….
It was not planning conditions, except in the gusts.
Downwind, track forward, centerboard down…help stability…she is a little “tippy”, but my view on that is that if you want a thoroughbred then you have to put up with a few idiosyncracies.
Again, I was the problem….rusty as hell. But with little effort I was in the leading pack of the fleet, and starting to enjoy myself…I just wished my wrists were not in so much pain, because I could hardly pump, and the board was flying.
Upwind, I was hanging in there, but again, my technique was not right for the board, so I was struggling. I made the mistake of having short harness lines, weight on the board, not giving the board the opportunity to rail. So in one of the races, I was panicking, because I was not pointing, and losing ground quickly which was really pissing me off, and with screaming wrists, I was quite despondent. On the beach, I spoke to my brother and said I think we have some issues here. However that soon changed after the last race…..and a new technique.
The last race was a beat up an estuary, round a mark and downwind to the finish again.
Naturaly being rusty I did not dare fight for the prime position on the start line, but just tried looking for a clean start. We had a reach….non planning. I pumped, and the board took off…really took off.
Round the corner it was upwind. I forgot the harness lines. I stuck my arse right out, arms straight…remember the DIV II days in the marginal conditions, when you put all the load through the mast foot…that was it..
Board on the rail, going like a rocket.
After a few minutes, the only board in front of me, was Bob Warren on his Phantom, and I was closing down on him bloody quickly. By the time we reached the windward mark, I was right onto him….only to suffer a “rusty” moment….dropped the sail as I gybed…
She flew downwind, and I was finally starting to enjoy myself, even though arms were killing me, and over the line second….that was more like it!
The board is quick, but like everything, you need time on the water, learning how to sail her.
Get arms better, and spend a few days on this board, and go to another regatta…would be great to sail again, after knowing the board better