World Sailing Show

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Re: World Sailing Show

Had no idea the American team wintered in Pensacola. Would have been neat to have gone down and seen it sail. It probably surprised a few locals to see a sailboat going by at 25 mph.

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I know, I would have taken a trip down to see them.

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These sailboats have foils in the front also.
I wonder if you add a second foil to the windsurfing board, will it be more stable? Scratch one-s head

This guy has three Fool

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ediksail wrote:

These sailboats have foils in the front also.
I wonder if you add a second foil to the windsurfing board, will it be more stable?

Good question. Yes, but that's not really a good thing. Foiling cats and sailboats have a rudder, we don't. We have to turn with foot pressure and sail placement. With two foils, that becomes harder. A simple analogy is compare tacking a shortboard (fin) vs a longboard (fin + centerboard). Longboards are much less responsive. Plus, having two foils doesn't prevent pitching forward or backwards. Both foiling cats' and Moths' nose dives can be spectacular.

The current crop of foils run from fairly stable to quite stable longtitudinally. Even my quite stable Tillo (107cm fuse) is a blast to turn and shorter fuselages are very responsive which is what makes them fun playing in swell. (Think bus vs. sports car) Basically, my 91cm wide foilboard can foot steer like a 100l freeride board.

When people first come to foiling, this and mast length are the first things they wonder about (why does the thing have to be so far off the friggin' water.) After you've done it a few times, things settle down and you begin to appreciate the longer mast (no foiling out traversing really big boat chop, for example) and the "lack of stability" becomes "oooh, let's carve down that swell". Yes 3

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