BREAKAGES, you can sail back with.

Many breakages you can just sail back without doing anything, Ok it may not be easy but possible.

The most important thing to work out is, will the rig separate from the board if you have to swim? If so you should work out a method to keep them together.


These are the ropes I keep in the pocket in the mast protector, plus I also always have one on me as well. So 4 lines that add up to about 5.5 m. 1@ 2m, 2@ 1m and 1@ 1.5m.

Now lets have a look at some of the things that can break.


This is the most common breakage and you will normally have enough rope to just tie it up again. If not use your rescue line.


1.) Make sure the cleat is on the top.

2.) Take off the end part of the broken downhaul,making sure that the rig does not come off the extension.

3.) Tie an over hand knot in the end.


4.) Pass the rope through the lower pulley on the base.

5.) 6.) Tie an overhand knot.


7.) 8.) 9.) Thread the rope through the pulleys as if it was a trim block.


You can achieve quite a lot of downhaul but the sail will be full. If need be, you can put more outhaul to flatten the sail.


Most Uj’s have safety lines but if they break as well, here is the way to get back. It is also a method if the pin on the mast foot breaks.


1.) Take the down haul off the mast.

2.) Tie 1 round back on the mast.

3.) Tie it to the foot strap while you do the next step.


4.) Loosen the deck plate.

5.) Untie the rig from the foot strap and pass the rope under the deck plate along the box.

6.) Tighten back up the deck plate.


7.) Pass the rope through the hole in the pulley.

8.) Make it as tight as you can and tie it off.

When sailing the board back you will damage it, but you get back on land.



This normally happens because of sand but if it continues:-

1.) Un wrap the downhaul.

2.) Tie it round the extension once.


3.) Pass it through the safety line on the UJ.

4.) And back around the extension.

This will get you back to land and you can change your extension.


I find the easiest way to come back, is to just sail the board backwards.

Here is the classic way of using the harness.


Wrap the harness around the back of the board, placing the belt through the back strap.

Now attach the hook, again through the strap.


You can see my harness is to small so I have to place the hook behind the strap.


When you do this you will have to tie the hook to the strap to make sure the harness does not come off the back of the board with the pressure.

When sailing back you must not go fast, so it is a good idea to flatten the sail.


The boom will mostly break on your jump side, so going out.


So all you need to do is take off the broken part and sail back.


If it is the coming in side that breaks, just turn the boom over.

The boom will not be very stiff, so sail back gently.


This does not happen often and you can just sail back.

But if you are using a small sail you may need to do this to get enough sail area.


When you are using a small sail the buckle of the floating head is still there. There is normally a small rope loop on the top of the sail as well.


The main problem is knowing the knots to tie. The knot is a rolling hitch, with an extra half hitch afterwards. Then an overhand loop knot.


They are easy to tie but you need to practice them.


Now thread the rope through the sail and the knot loop.


Pull it as tight as you can and tie it off. You will not be able to put a lot of tension but enough to get you back.

As you see all of these can be worked out and practiced on land to remember and to get everything in the right order.

Have fun trying these but I hope you never have to use them.

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