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  1. Some other capsize recovery tricks: Immediately after you capsize, pull in the main all the way and cleat it. This will keep the boat from turtling. Also, pull the vang/gnav on as much as you can while standing on the centerboard. This will flatten the sail so it does not fill with water, making the boat easier to right.
  2. Totally agree with Kurio and GBR. Sailing with the main uncleated while learning gives you a lot more control and a better feel for the subtle changes in sheet tension needed to get the boat on a plane, depower, maximize vmg, etc. It also gets your arms in great shape. Recovering over the side of the boat (I go in between the gunnel and racks on the MPS) puts you in the best position to get the boat planing as quickly as possible after a capsize, and planing is stable. If you try the seal entry in any kind of breeze, you will be dealing with multiple exhausting capsizes. Your harness hook will also mess up your gelcoat or worse. Timing is also vital, and I get back into the boat as it is coming up, never after it is already back up. Finally, you should be standing (either on the gunnel or the rack) while sailing, not sitting down. If you were standing and dropped the main, there is a chance you could recover without capsizing by quickly stepping into the middle of the boat. No chance for this if you are sitting.
  3. I concede the throne, Kurio99. Although, I did capsize on Friday. Rear foot got stuck in the strap on a jibe. It was a glorious run until it all went tits up though. I agree with Doug that you should not be flopping around out there steering and shifting weight in response to the wind. Skiff sailing is much more subtle. Upwind, my initial response to a gust is to flatten out my body more toward to water surface. If I am already trapping flat-out, then I slide back a bit on the rack (slightly back from the trap elastic). Last response is to ease the mainsheet slightly if the boat is still not flat. When I am going through this sequence more than I want (or see that I will), I start to lower myself on the trapline. In a lull, I will slide forward on the rack until I am at the very front. If I am still heeling to windward, I will bend at the knees and bring my weight in toward the center of the boat at little at a time until sailing flat again (this is assuming the main is block to block already). If this is happening more than I want, then I will raise myself on the trap line. So, as I said before, there is a constant interplay between these three variables. This is just how I do it. I know other MPS sailors that use the trapline adjuster more frequently. The only WRONG way is when the boat is not dead flat in the water. Note I have not mentioned the rudder as it is not really a big part of the equation upwind, as Dough aluded to. I keep a very light touch on the tiller. Lots of good advice in this thread, keep it coming.
  4. I hear ya about the capsizes. Not to toot my own horn, but I am the king of capsizes. I think I hold the unofficial world record in skiff capsizing. My record for shortest distance sailed before capsizing is 100 feet. I have been rescued by the sherrif from the middle of the river. All pretty humbling, but all part of the process. I also came from the Laser world, and I think you almost have to forget everything you learned there. The Laser is a boat that needs to be physically dominated to sail efficiently. You need to hike and torque your ass off. The skiff on the other hand wants to sail itself. You just need to put yourself in the right position to allow it to do that. While the Laser responds to power, the skiff responds to agility and nimble speed. Do everything fast, but do not rush. If you are a second slow, you are swimming. The three main components for boat control are sail trim, body trim on the rack, and body trim on the wire. It is kind of like a three legged stool. If any of those three legs is out of whack, then you are unstable and likely to capsize. However, when you have all three working together, the boat sails itself and it is effortless magic. You will be amazed at how moving your body a few inches forward or back on the rack, or up/down on the wire, makes a difference in how the boat responds. When you get to the point where you are adjusting those three variables on the fly without thinking, then that's when the fun starts.
  5. Hey DTA, nice shiny new skiff. Congrats. Once you learn, you will never look back. I have an MPS and the learning curve was steep, but cannot imagine sailing anything else. Nothing beats being out on the wing, fully trapped, flying under the kite. In the video, why are you not hooked into the trap? Learning to be comfortable in the trapeze is the first most important skill to learn. Also, why are you sitting in the boat? I never sit in my skiff (unless resting). These boats are way easier to control if you are on your feet and hooked in. You mentioned being comfortable in 15 knots. I suggest only sailing the boat in 8 (min) to 12 (max) knots until you can sail standing (it is OK to sit on the racks between tacks/jibes, but I find it easier to go rack to rack), and are reasonably competent in the maneuvers (host, drop, tack, jibe). Start by trapping off the gunwale, and then learn to use the racks. Let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, Frank.
  6. Ericrayl, I launch from the boat park in Cascade Locks, OR. I moore my boats in the CGRA cage all summer. Come on down this summer for some river blasting.
  7. No support boat, no mast float, just a sense of adventure. We launch downwind and can go for miles, so it is a long upwind slog back to the beach. Sometimes I sail around with my friend and his Laser, sometimes I sail solo. Last summer I spent two hours mostly turtled in the main channel with my kite inexorably wrapped around the forestay. Stuff happens and you learn to deal with it. It is all in the game with high performance boats. However, for the first 6-8 months, I only sailed in 5-10 knots. These are good conditions to learn the boat handling you need. I then slowly built up to bigger conditions, picking my days according to my ability and energy level. The MPS is a all about doing the maneuvers quickly, but not rushing. If you are a second late, you are swimming. So it is important to have brief focused training sessions in the beginning. I have sailed the boat a lot and hard in the last two years, and last summer was the first maintenance issues I have had. I replaced a bolt in the rudder stock and replaced the main halyard. It is a really well built boat.
  8. I have owned a MPS for 2 years. Switching from a Laser to the MPS was one of the hardest things I have done, and one of the best things that I have done. The learning curve is very steep. Prepare for a lot of swimming, a lot of exhausting capsize recoveries, and a rush of adrenaline when you tame the beast enough to get a ride. Downwind is a sublime experience. Fully trapped on the racks under spinnaker is my happy place. Upwind is much less physical than a Laser and actually fun and super fast if you get the angle right. I sail in the Columbia River Gorge, where typical windspeeds in the summer approach 20 knots almost everyday. After two years, my comfort zone is now about 18 knots, although I have been out in 25. We do not have waves, but we get 3-4 foot chop. The MPS just glides over these. There is a small west coast fleet that joins with the Swift Solos for a yearly regatta, but not much else in the USA. This boat is a huge challenge with a huge reward for those willing to take the plunge. Glad to answer any questions that I can.