First old board test (Fanatic Falcon 262)

Since the first boattrip was sort of an experiment I chose to take the oldtimer to make the session even more fun. It was 20kn gusts I guess and 110 degrees downwind in a channel

The first runs I used sort of the same set up as a modern kit (boomheight/mastfoot) and the footstraps totally in the back. This felt so easy and was not fast or loose, I did maybe 58km/h max. Not very good, conclusion was the board was to sticky. Soo I did the mastfoot completly back (1.29cm) and raised the boom a bit, this gave some room to get the board out of the water.

(Finding 1) The board runs less free or is overall a bit deeper in the water

One thing I could not solve was the poor footstrap position, I needed actually for my feeling to the back.. This resulted in the second finding

(Finding 2) The footstrap position is to much in front, adding positions 4cm to the back could make it possible to make the board loose and accelerate much faster. Also a flying front feet is exhausting ;)

Afterwards I compared at home my speeds with the rest, since I didn't use my newer gear it is a bit hard to compare. I am 100% convinced my new gear would have been faster, m

(Finding 3) The board is a bit slower mainly due poor footstrap position. Physical it was not really possible to pull it off for me. The difference between new and old would be between 0-3km/h, depending on the conditions, newer board do have a much wider range. 

(Finding 4) Upwind was like going super, high angle good speed. Gybing was poor, the bit more stretched scooprockerline

Now lets see if I have an oppurtunity to test the old board in different conditions.

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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