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  1. FOILING GYBES!?!? I know there are videos out there that show how to pull of a gybe on foils -- a couple of them on a UFO. I've watched them all dozens of times and have thrown myself into trying to do it on a UFO. As you can see in the video below, I'm not anywhere close to getting it right. If there's anyone out there who can offer up some coaching, I'm all ears. In fact, I'd love to have a phone call to chat through the process, because, again, I'm not close to doing it after soaking up any info I can get from videos. In better news, I hit a personal best of 19 knots
  2. Just gotta share the love for this boat... Went out this evening in a super light breeze -- probably 6kts gusting to 8-9. Sadly, spent most of the time chasing the puffs. But thanks to a new shroud tensioner line and a couple extra micro blocks, was able to crank on the tension and get some flight time. At one point, caught a puff which led to another...ended up chasing down a powerboat with a family aboard. The son saw me gaining on them and soon the whole family was surprised to see this flying sailboat overtake them. Lots of smiles on both sides...
  3. Hi, Dave. The sprit is the obvious location, although there are plenty of creative places you can mount. Your type of camera and FOV will determine how far out on the sprit you need to go, or whether you may even need to add an extension and go beyond the sprit. I didn't really do much research before I bought the GoPro Max 360, but it was a lucky decision because it has been a terrific companion on my UFO journey. The FOV is so wide, that you don't have to mount it on the end of the sprit (as I used to do), allowing you to manually turn it on/of without getting in the water -- useful
  4. Sorry for the delay...a bit tedious sorting through all the footage and editing on a phone. The soundtrack wasn’t my choice — my retro wife insisted on it. After Miami, got back to Savannah and applied some of the lessons learned down there...
  5. MIAMI OR BUST! Last sail before breaking the boat down. VERY gusty conditions. Had a couple high-speed ventilation events on the first flight, but a quick adjustment on the rudder trim fixed it and had another glorious day. Next foiling session is in Miami!!!
  6. My one-pack ab handles the UFO just fine. It looks a lot more physical than it is because of the geometry. And when you need a break, you just stop. I’ve never sailed a moth, but it seems to require a lot more squeeze for about the same amount of juice.
  7. I know I probably should’ve trimmed this down more, but I just couldn’t do it — I just had SO MUCH FUN I couldn’t bring myself to cut anymore. When I saw the breeze fill in around late morning I tagged out of homeschooling duties with my wife and went straight to the water. Heading out in the middle of a workday, I had the whole river to myself. Don’t know if I got the rig tuning right, if the fickle wind/current conditions typical of Savannah went my way for about an hour, or if I was just lucky, but everything came together this past Friday and I got some of the longest flights I’ve ever
  8. If you want cold and gusty, Martin, you’re always welcome up here... Please, Martin, tell me I can leave my drysuit behind for the Miami get-together.
  9. I’ve mentioned to a few folks about the challenges I face foiling in Savannah to include the tidal currents which can be very strong. This past weekend I was working a section of the Wilmington River where the Herb River joins it. With the outgoing tide, the currents from each river converges almost 180 degrees out, creating a vicious shear which can be seen on the surface of the water in the form of foam or even the way the wind reacts with the surface. On one of my first flights of the day, I saw that I was heading for “the line.” I even started laughing to myself because, even thoug
  10. No ventilation or cavitation here. Just pure, unbridled joy... Looking forward to Miami 26-28 Feb!!!
  11. Just want to understand and ensure we’re all talking about the same thing: ”Ventilation” — don’t know who coined that term but will stick with it if that’s what the community is using — means the main foil has breached the surface and has therefore experienced an immediate loss of lift. Right? ”Cavitation” is when laminar flow becomes removed from the surface around which it is flowing, causing a rapid change in pressure on one side. On the UFO, this happens on the vertical foils which you can feel as a “skid” or is seen by spectators as bubbles (and a skid). In my limited experie
  12. Hi, Paul. I had a session last month where I ventilated a few times in short succession. At the end of the run, I set the rear foil to max lift (no threads visible) and had no more incidents the rest of the session. When it was happening, I sometimes could stop it by scooting forward and easing the main, basically stalling the main foil; and when it started dropping back deeper into the water, I powered back up. Getting your weight forward needs to happen BEFORE you ventilate. If you’re in the process of ventilating, get your weight aft and toward centerline. I’ve also found that get
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