- Formula get’s you on the water more – some people can get Formula kit planing in as little as 5knots of wind!! Most though are planing from 8-9knots upwards, so just think of all those summer days you can be out there blasting up and down as opposed to being bored on the beach.
- Formula gets you fitter – more time on the water coupled with using big rigs will soon have you looking like Laird Hamilton…..well almost.
- Formula improves all aspects of your windsurfing – let’s face it, once it’s blowing 20 knots most would opt to return to small kit. When you do this you will not believe how small your sails will feel and you’ll be throwing them around like never before.
- Formula gives you opportunity to enjoy the race scene – racing has many many benefits:
- Your skill level will improve – sailing alongside others, especially those of higher ability, will inevitably raise your level especially if you have a competitive edge to your personality. Also, advice is on hand whether it’s to do with rigging or technique.
- The social scene is amazing – once racing is over out come the BBQ’s, music and the odd beer. The days racing is scrutinised along with crashes near misses etc.
- Racing takes you to all sorts of new sailing locations around the country and even around the world should you wish.
So, what kit do you need? For boards it’s straight forward as they don’t tend to differ that much from manufacturer to manufacturer – I would not recommend getting anything over five years old though. To start off with just get the one sail depending on your weight – 10m is often a good size but if you’re used to sailing big slalom rigs go straight for an 11m. If you weigh less than 75kg maybe try a 9m. If you come to a UKWA event kit can be lent to help you choose your ideal combination.
The UK race scene comprises of two series; the Inlands and the Cup Series. Racing takes place around a box course involving both upwind and downwind sailing. Formula boards plane really quickly upwind and can go super deep downwind. Kit wise most people who have been Formula sailing for a while will have one board and usually three sails. However, I did my first two seasons with just one sail – an 11m.
I hope I’ve sold the whole concept of Formula sailing to you whether it’s just to blast about on summer days or whether it’s to come along enjoy the race scene. I’ve never looked back since I picked up my first Formula board and the racing scene has only added to this enjoyment. Should you want any more info regarding any aspect of Formula sailing then please feel free to contact me:
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Chris Bond is sponsored by Point 7 sails, Robin Hood Watersports and Denby Campervans.
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