Here in Sylt we caught up with three of the slalom sailors between their heats to get their top 3 tips for going fast, either on the race course or just flat out speed. Without any further ado we go over to the boys that know best.
1 – Try out different fins, it is one of the most important parts. Sometimes you may even feel slow on a board and it is just the fin that is changing. So it can pay off to really go to town on this part of the kit.
2 – Train with someone, it gives you a good idea if your changes are working. Try to test the extremes with each other, for example set the sail really tight, then really loose and work in from there.
3 – In a race, sometimes when you get hit by a big gust it can be better to actually open the sail and maintain a better trim on the board then try and lock everything in muscle through it.
Bonus point – Don’t forget to have fun
1 – Really be sure of your gear, tune it, tune it and tune it some more. Make sure the fin size is correct for you personally.
2 – Don’t be scared to lock in and go faster, even in chop or swell. Remember though that the top speed is not always the most important thing, the start and the gybes are where you can make big gains and losses.
3 – Get heavier – I went from 78 kilos to 86 kilos over the winter and now I feel a lot faster
1 – Get a good start, practice your starts a lot!
2 – Do plenty of training for gybes, you don’t ever want to fall in and you should try to come out planning all the time.
3 – Have good tactics for the gybe mark, make sure you know where to gybe, in changes from race to race so practising this can be really useful.