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Estuary wing foil question

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Created by IanInca 2 months ago, 29 Mar 2020
IanInca
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29 Mar 2020 12:01AM
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Just ordered a board and foil to learn to foil with my 5m wing. Probably will be at least a month b4 I take delivery and potentially get it on the water.

I live on an estuary which runs around 8 miles in total and is 2 miles in a straight line from my village out to sea. It is around 1 mile wide. It has some big tidal movements and really races in and out. If I could learn in the estuary before going in the more exposed choppy sea it may help. I will need to stay away from the shallow sections and keep to high tide.

My question is would it help me get going on the foil if I was going against the tide (incoming tide just b4 high tide) but with the wind behind (offshore). I could concentrate on downwinding not worrying about staying upwind and it would seem like the tide would give the foil extra lift. Have I got this completely wrong?

Any help would be great..
Thanks

bigtone667
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29 Mar 2020 6:51AM
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IanInca said..
Just ordered a board and foil to learn to foil with my 5m wing. Probably will be at least a month b4 I take delivery and potentially get it on the water.

I live on an estuary which runs around 8 miles in total and is 2 miles in a straight line from my village out to sea. It is around 1 mile wide. It has some big tidal movements and really races in and out. If I could learn in the estuary before going in the more exposed choppy sea it may help. I will need to stay away from the shallow sections and keep to high tide.

My question is would it help me get going on the foil if I was going against the tide (incoming tide just b4 high tide) but with the wind behind (offshore). I could concentrate on downwinding not worrying about staying upwind and it would seem like the tide would give the foil extra lift. Have I got this completely wrong?

Any help would be great..
Thanks


It helps when the wind direction is opposite to the tide direction.

IanInca
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29 Mar 2020 6:07AM
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bigtone667 said..

IanInca said..
Just ordered a board and foil to learn to foil with my 5m wing. Probably will be at least a month b4 I take delivery and potentially get it on the water.

I live on an estuary which runs around 8 miles in total and is 2 miles in a straight line from my village out to sea. It is around 1 mile wide. It has some big tidal movements and really races in and out. If I could learn in the estuary before going in the more exposed choppy sea it may help. I will need to stay away from the shallow sections and keep to high tide.

My question is would it help me get going on the foil if I was going against the tide (incoming tide just b4 high tide) but with the wind behind (offshore). I could concentrate on downwinding not worrying about staying upwind and it would seem like the tide would give the foil extra lift. Have I got this completely wrong?

Any help would be great..
Thanks



It helps when the wind direction is opposite to the tide direction.


..thanks. You managed to to summarise my rambling in 12 words.. Lol.

SolentFoiler
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31 Mar 2020 4:49PM
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Wind against tide does generate steep chop which can make life tricky getting started if it's windy and tide is strong... I'd try and get out in the hour or two before the tide turns as an ideal to benefit from being pushed upwind but with less chop to deal with.

LeeD
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2 Apr 2020 4:26AM
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So it flys easier one tack, and harder the other.

SolentFoiler
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2 Apr 2020 6:20AM
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LeeD said..
So it flys easier one tack, and harder the other.


Not if you're talking about tide. Tide will impact both tacks more or less equally from a wind perspective.

You'll always have a preferred tack though!



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