Herman wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:23 am
With a board on its side foil floating:
The position of the centre of lateral resistance from the water relative to the centre of pressure from the windage will also make a difference to how the board drifts.
I have no doupt that it is possible to have a certain board foil combination, that can travel upwind. But I have serious doupts that there are real world combinations out there that travel at a relevant angle at a relevant speed upwind, stable for a relevant time.
To me this topic reminds strongly to: "Riding my twintip without leash, How much of a problem is it?" so maybe here better topic header would be:
"Never learned bodydragging, now with the foilboard is it really necessary?"
Yes it is necessary to learn swimming and bodydragging with a kite well to not bring yourself in danger
and that floating foilwings are no relevant problem, even if it is the opposite.
I have 2 floating wings used with 5 different boards and I have never seen anything like what here is discussed. If anybody wants to name it seriously as a problem I would favour and recommend to make a good video with a reference buoy or similar in no current conditions to show the speed and direction a board can travel upwind, so it can be a traceable warning for the rest.
Otherwise go learn bodydragging or better boardoffs than you will be forced to do it often enough until you are a body drag Pro
, ask TOBY.