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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 10 at 12:23pm
Stick with the Pico - far more fun than a Laser 4.7!

The kicking strap down wind needs experimentation to get it right. Too little and the boom skies, too much and you'll lack speed and the boat will feel very odd to sail. So get out there in a breeze in a non race situation and practice the bits you feel unhappy about - the water is warming up now for the inevitable capsizes!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Merlinboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 10 at 9:35pm
Can i just point out there is a perfectly good explanation for each of those capsize shots.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote clairey Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 10 at 11:07pm

Thanks again for all the tips, the response has been great, and gives me plenty to try out.

Re: the capsize photos - in boats that tippy looking I am impressed by anyone keeping them upright at all !

Claire

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Hi Claire
You have probably cracked this by now but I think your kicking strap is too loose.  What is happening here is that the boom is rising and the airflow across the sail is confused which makes downwind sailing in strong winds hard to control.  Look at the leach of your sail and make sure it has a gentle curve running along.  This is a common mistake that a lot of people make so dont worry!
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