after yesterday @ Kuitje I didn't see a reason to ever go again. So much effort to put in a session with so less excitement during a run. But this morning the first thing I checked was what went wrong with the sail, having so less power. I did use the reptile yesterday instead of the severne red and did put way to much downhaul. Also the fibra 100 is a cm longer than the red. I ended up getting the sail nice with a 400 base and 430 top, instead off a 430 all the way rdm as recommended. Hopefully will sail it soon if it also sails nice and not just looks good.
today I used the 7.8 on rdm 490 base and 460 top from reptile. Before the sail tension looked good but today not. Whatever downhaul setting I used. I start to think that I also have to rig the sail a couple of times with the mast rotated in different directions and mark the up front side I like the most. Because I see different tension going thru the mast-pocket now and than. Also when I broke my second severne 460 crappy rdm red ( the reason I switched to reptile fibra's) I cut the mast near the breakage. The wall thickness is not the same on every side. I think maybe all prepeg mast may suffer from this because of some overlap of the prepeg fiber mat. I'm not sure. But it might influence the performance with the direction it is rotated in the pocked. Hope to find out somewhere soon.
Anyway somehow i felt attracted to make the long ride up and down again. It's probably the different setting, the surrealistic feeling that place gives. And there is only 1 way to gain experience. At the end I also like the thoughts a windsurf session gives after a session. And such a spot makes me think about different things again, how to set up the gear and stuff.
As I did not want to run out of power again like yesterday I rigged the 7.8 like Raymont. I expected to switch later, but on the water I just kept sailing it. This time the board felt kind of draggy, so next time I will use the sl-pro 35 to gain a bit more lift. I now used the tribal sym speed 33 (which I only used with 7.0 before) but I couldn't get the board fly loose. Even with the mast track more to the rear and the boom hight somewhat more up.
With the 7.8 I found it somewhat difficult to keep the pressure in the sail so I really have to practise building up the run much more efficient. I think I'm a bit to greedy bending into a run ending up wondering where the wind is every time. So much to learn there. Others where using 6.2 and doing higher speeds so I have to figure something out here.