alex a wrote:Hey Gang,
The new wider boards are much easier to ride in strong winds than the older 59 models so the 25 kt maximum should be avoided at most venues.
But at Sylt, I ran very many big PWA events as the head race director and the problem is not so much the course racing boards not being able to do the course but actually getting the bigger courserace starting vessel(s) out and not getting into danger. We could launch the much smaller slalom starting and support vessels right from the beach (with a great crew) but the bigger boats came out of the harbor and waves are breaking everywhere at Sylt in the usual Onshore conditions. I mean you can be outside one kilometer off the beach and take a breaking wave in Sylt once it hits 25-35 kt westerlies !. The North Sea is not real deep so waves can break all over the place. Anchoring a big boat there in those conditions is not a good idea and should be avoided unless you are a good swimmer and don't mind the boat sinking or washing up the shoreline when you flood the engine compartment with water and can't start it..
The new course race boards are not the problem in 25 kt.++ conditions at Sylt.
Thanks Alex, I'd never have thought of the support boats being the problem.
I'm still happy with my 59 as its as big as I'd like to try to carry while flying a kite, but I'm amazed that the new 69 is easier to ride in strong winds. You must have done a good job with that design, and you proved it in the recent Naish races. Is the tri-fin layout a major part of the reason?
Sounds like the future is good for course racing if the 70cm boards can work so well in strong winds.
There is also water state to worry about. You can have 25 knots and fairly flat water (which they may have had yesterday) or big chop from criss-crossing waves and wavelets. In nearly all water conditions under 25 knots, is the 69 still going to be the goto board?