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Upwind on a SUP with a Wing
« on: September 22, 2019, 08:30:23 AM »
I am just starting out. I have a 12 ft. Hobie ATR SUP (single fin) and the SLINGWING. I found it impossible to go upwind. Would it be helpful to use a larger windsurf fin to go upwind?
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Re: Upwind on a SUP with a Wing
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2019, 08:43:51 AM »
I found the Slingwing needs about 17 mph to 18 mph gusts to head up wind.

I did not try a larger fin, but a windsurf board with a dagger board headed up winded easily as did a very stable SUP Foil board with a long mast and large Infinity 84 foil.

Keep in mind even with the above options you still need the required amount of wind or those options will also only go downwind.

If you do not have enough wind you are essentially holding it up and downwind is the only way you will move forward.


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Re: Upwind on a SUP with a Wing
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2019, 09:06:10 AM »
After a number of sessions I have been able to sail upwind with my Naish 4 meter wing on an 11'3" surfboard-style SUP board, with a single fin.  Mostly I have been winging in 6 to 12 mph. I've been taking a paddle with me to get back upwind to my small beach - at first necessary, and now for insurance for drifting downwind. SUP boards drift downwind quickly, so you need to stay on top of it. The higher wind in this range is easier as it keeps drive in the wing.  I haven't gone yet in higher wind, need to build more confidence I can sail home.

1) Fin size may help, I did put a larger fin on, but still could not stay upwind.

2) I also added a (temporary) center fin, and that helped, but not really enough.  I got one of these, cut some slots in the base and attached it to the board with some straps.  Dorky for sure.  Or you could glue it on.

3) Getting the wing in the right position helped the most, and I was able to finally point upwind. More so with the center fin, but also without it.  This video was the key for me:
SIC F14,  M&M 14


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