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These tips were given to the advanced group during a Club holiday to Dahab, Egypt.

Carve Gybe

  • there was a strong emphasis on this being a "bear-away gybe" - starting and finishing on a broad reach to reduce the actual gybe to 90 to 120 degrees (not a tight 180 degree U-turn) and so increasing the speed and improving the chances of a planing exit
  • The turn can be split into 4 stages - Prepare, Accelerate, Carve & Exit
  • Prepare - look around then move the back hand down the boom to stay sheeted in when unhooked to maintain power from the sail
  • unhook and settle board
  • Accelerate - bear away onto a broad reach
  • move the rear foot over to the leeward rail in front of the strap
  • sink down to keep head below boom - this applies mast foot pressure through the boom and levels the board to maximise speed
  • Carve - take front foot out of strap and place with heel near toes of back foot, lean hips into turn, then rotate body and move back foot to become new front foot facing new side of board
  • move front hand up near mast, open sail out and flip rig
  • grab new side of boom with under-arm grip to maintain MFP and resist power in the sail
  • Exit - sheet in, sail out of turn and hook in

Duck Gybe

  • start the turn as for as carve gybe
  • begin the rig flip just before a run
  • move the back hand back down the boom as far as possible, then use it to punch the rig forwards towards the nose of the board
  • move the front hand to very rear of boom and with it, launch the rig over the other shoulder
  • staying with the same foot position, grab the boom on the other side as near to the harness lines as possible
  • in switch stance grab the boom with the new front hand and then move the feet and rotate the body
  • staying low, sheet in, hook in and sail out of the turn
  • never lean the rig to the side and never lean back down the board - get the rig far enough forwards


  • luff up into wind
  • tilt sail forwards 'front to wind'
  • move hands further back down the boom
  • keep foot of sail near rear thigh (a position that instructor Colin 'Whippy' Dixon described as a 'dry hump' - in case that helps you picture it!) and sail upright - as board turns, keep sail orientation to the wind exactly the same - the board turns, the sail doesn't
  • hold this position and sail out clew first with hands wide apart to handle the power
  • then flip the rig
  • (to do an upwind 360 stay in clew first position and then sheet in)


  • look for a wave or some chop, then just before it ....
  • stay sheeted in, unhook and sink down
  • push down with front foot then 'ollie' the board - jump up and forwards with the front then back leg
  • sheet out to reduce mast foot pressure and allow nose to lift
  • sheeting in will increase MFP and lower the nose for landing
  • scissor legs to bear away to avoid spin-out on landing


davemonks - 04/07/2022 - 21:18

CLUB NIGHT on Wednesday guys, come and have a midweek sail, plenty of wind,

John L - 03/07/2022 - 21:48

No hot water at the moment! We'll let you know when it's fixed.

John L - 28/06/2022 - 21:30

Please walk close to water's edge if you have to land in the nature reserve to the right/West of clubhouse. Birds are nesting in the rocks.

davem - 28/06/2022 - 18:18

Was hoping to make it today, but only just got the van back together, Time for a shower and couple of beers. Fingers crossed the problem may be solved., so should be up at the weekend.

Chris P - 28/06/2022 - 12:07

Change of plans so can't make it today (Weds).

John L - 27/06/2022 - 22:43

Activity Night could be simple races, feedback from others, practising a manoeuvre or whatever members want. Lack of interest tho’ so I may go up earlier, before the wind drops.

Chris P - 27/06/2022 - 15:34

What does an activity night entail John? Is there bingo?

Chris P - 27/06/2022 - 15:34

I'll be up later on Tuesday if the forecast holds.

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