Gust, gusty and only windgusts

In the summer we can speedsurf in the Netherlands on a good day, perfect for 1-hour-average or distance. Enough stable wind, sometimes a gust (like 10-20% more than average wind). I think my tuning or style or equipment suits summer very well.

At this moment we have only windgusts. From a solid 25kn to <5kn within 5 minutes, not once... No the whole day windsurfing in gusts. (gusts are sometimes 100-200% more than average wind). Distance and 1-hour averages are the real challenge at this moment, at best we have 10minutes wind...

It would be interesting to see if there is a way to improve tuning for "after-season"-conditions. The watersurface gets easier after season (smaller board could be OK), but the extreme low average wind and low temperature requires some volume (or no comfort). Fin can be sailed smaller thanks to better watersurface.

The sailtuning, this is something I am trying to figure out. (thanks to the gusts which make it impossible to compare). What happens with the windflow when the temperature drops, anyone?? Maybe the big trick is adding weight, to stabilize, however not sure about that either. So far the best was taking a small sail, to reduce drag.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Big board for gusty wind conditions with a realtively small fin (as you say)

    And a small sail becourse the wind speed drops when temp gets low BUT the force increases (more particles)

    The best thing on sail tuning is slightly less downhaul becourse of the higher densety BUT the difference between speeds up and down in the sail get bigger trough gusty wind so I guess starrt with a "normal" speed trim you would use during the summer??

    Wadje Peter