Hi Mike thank you for your reply, I am a bit older than you crew (three times
) A week ago was the first time we used the SPI after a short trial in a light wind a week before.
Is true we both, my helmsman still need to lear to head down the wind and play a bith with the traveler, but this was a 140 KM in two legs, what is hard to handle nowadays what.
I will appreciate if yuo can recommend or send me some pictures of how other people have solved this matter.
We have another competition in 45 days shorter but with even much strongest weather.
Tiger Mike wrote:
You will find the sheet tension very heavy till you get used to it. A few things to keep in mind - wear gloves and my crew lso tapes his hands to save the blisters. Secondly, you need to get the helmsman to stear a slightly lower course. We have found that a high course in relatively little breeze can have much higher sheet tension than a low course in a big blow.
Only the guys with young crews run sissy blocks down here (the technical name for them
. My crew was 15 when he got on board and after being sucked from one side of the boat to the other a few times whilst persisting has become one of the better kite crews around. If I were to to a very long distance kite race (kite up for a long period of time in 1 hit) I'd probably put the second pair of ratchet blocks on.