What are the weather conditions for wing foil sailing?
Which wind direction to start wing foiling?
A beginner will prefer conditions with a headwind, also called sea wind. Indeed by drifting, the practitioner will naturally return to the beach.
The onshore wind is reserved for experienced riders who know how to ride upwind. Indeed, the wind will take you offshore and it will be much more complicated to get back on board.
At the beginning of navigation, for beginners, favour small tacks. This allows you to adjust your equipment but also to anticipate its drift and analyze its position. If we manage to stay on a small tack, a beam, it means that if we go further we should be able to go upwind. So to avoid surprises, start with small edges.
Regular wind/irregular wind?
How strong is the wind?
The force of the wind can be observed on the water with the formation of small sheep: the foam. When you start to see little sheep appearing, it means that there is about 10 knots of wind (18 km/h). Of course, the more sheep you see, the stronger the wind. Ideally, you should start with 12 – 14 knots minimum, which allows you to balance with the force generated in the wing.
Predict the direction of drift
The direction of the wind will also give us the direction of drift. Indeed, once on the water, you drift in the direction of the wind. To give you an image, it is a large conveyor belt on which we will unroll from the top to the bottom. The stronger the wind, the faster the belt goes, and the less wind, the slower the belt goes.
Knowing the direction allows you to anticipate the drift, we talk about safety margin: I know that I may end up far away so I take a small safety margin. That is to say, you have to walk with the wind (go up to the top of the mat) and, when you drift, you will fall back on your starting point.