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RS 400 Tips and Tricks

  • Here are some key takeaways from our training day with Rich Ashwell


    - Mark kite halyard to allow crew to know when it is fully up.

    - Adjust outhaul length so it can be flicked off and automatically goes to downwind setting

    - Move toe straps inboard to allow calves to be clear of the side deck.


    - Spreader depth 140mm

    - Spreader length 405mm (415mm for heavier crew), measured to mast wall.

    - Shrouds, drop 1/2 a hole for windy weather and a further half for really windy.

    - Mast ram not essential just enough o take the kicker pressure.

    - Mast rake to top of GRP housing for rudder, is 6.98m.

    - Check mast is upright.


    - Crew and hel move in to boat to generate leeward heel and initiate the turn.  Very small amounts of helm.

    - As boat goes through the wind, weight out on new leeward side to create heel.

    - Stand up under the main , to force more heel.

    - Move to new windward side and flatten the boat to accelerate.

    - Crew and helm must move together


    - Crew presheets the gib on new side

    - Ease main 6" and cleat to create windward heel and boat will bear away.

    - Helm release wing wang, and gybe the main.

    - Helm pull on new wing wang and focus on angel out of gybe, better to be slightly too high to maintain speed.

    - Do not need to pull boat upright immediately, until kite filled.


    - Weight forward in light condition - helm over the thwart.

    - Crew can sit on lee deck in light winds.

    - Downwind, crew to leeward in light winds.


    - Less than 10kts, then soak as low as possible.  Crew calls the pressure all the time.