Getting Going

Getting Going

This monthly beginners section
will reiterate the key positions and moves of fundamental
windsurfing and will be a compliment for those of
you who have already, or should have, participated
on a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Windsurfing
beginners course at a RYA recognised centre. (


You might now own a board, be borrowing or hiring one and
this monthly guide will help you along. Please take advantage
of the technique article, and both formats of the animated
/ movie sequence.


Approach the board from the opposite
side to the rig and haul yourself out of the water
with your hands on the CENTRELINE.



Establish the wind direction and with
your knees on the CENTRELINE grasp the uphaul rope.


Keep hold of the uphaul and get to your feet, on
the CENTRELINE. With bent knees and straight arms lift
the rig from the water using your legs and then working
hand over hand.

Reach out for the mast and grab it with both
hands below the boom, this is the SECURE POSITION.
Your knees should be bent with extended arms and
the rig flagging downwind, away from you, with your


Take your backhand off the mast and place by
your side.


Step back along the CENTRELINE with your back
foot. Front arm remains extended and in front of

Move your front foot back and turn it and your shoulders
to face forwards.
Draw the rig across your body with an extended front
arm to the BALANCE POINT.
Get ready for the power by bending your back leg,
to lower your hips, and then place your back hand on
the boom.

When comfortable place your front hand on the boom.
Well done you are now in the sailing position.

Power control – look forwards,
extend arms, drop hips to control more power and raise
hips when less power.

Hot Tip

The key positions of SECURE POSITION and
BALANCE POINT, whilst staying on the CENTRELINE
will really make your transition into the SAILING
POSITION so much easier and more fluid. Try
to coach yourself or get a friend to help to
see if you are going through these stages and
assist you in achieving a good stance. Videoing
also really helps.


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