I'm a new UFO owner and also new to foiling. I just got back from my first session where there was enough wind to actually get up on the foils. I am in the San Francisco and the wind was averaging 14 mph with gust into 20 mph. I launched out of Chrissy Field and I was contending with 3-4ft swells. I set the wand to ~1.5 feet. (What I thought was beginner mode)
First thing... THAT WAS AMAZING! The moment the boat lifts out of the water is unlike anything I've experienced. I had precious few segments where the boat felt balanced and I was flying. (Never for more than 20 seconds) And I feel that I learned some really important lessons about when to and how much to sheet, but I have balance questions!!!
Sometimes, when a gust hit, I felt the boat take off and quickly rise up on the foils. However, even with the wand completely out the water it kept rising and quickly afterwards crashed back down. I felt like Icarus climbing towards the sun... I tried sliding my body position forward, but that didn't seem to fix it. The front foil was in the middle dimple in the block. Any clue how to avoid that in the future?
I presume this is just because of the swells, but I seemed to nose the pontoons under a couple of times. It was funny... the boat tried turning into a submarine as the sail kept driving water over the deck. Eventually it flipped. Does anyone have any advice on how to avoid this? Perhaps the front pad is too far forward for someone 200 lbs?
Tacking seems to be impossible. I saw reference to the Heisman tack earlier... is that necessary even in heavier wind? When do you move over to the other side of the boat? It seems that I if I move over to early, the boat tends to round into the wind even more.
I have a hard time moving the boat on the dolly. I am hunched over and don't seem to ever have a good handle on pulling the boat forward and making certain it isn't rubbing on the ground. Any tricks to make this easier? I'm sure the fact that I am pulling it across sand doesn't help either...
Thanks a ton for the fun boat and all the advice that people have shared on this forum already. Its is a steep learning curve... but I feel that I am going to love every moment of it.