TWS Slalom Technique Series Ep 1: Sail Trim


The first episode of the TWS Slalom Technique Series deals with one of the most important things for a slalom sailor, trimming the sail. Jordy Vonk and Marco lang show you step by step how to rig the North Sails Warp and what you can do to make it even faster. These tips work for pretty much any slalom sail, so make sure you check it out.

Sail trimming
There are several important things to focus on when trimming your slalom sail to make sure it is as fast as possible. After sliding in the mast and putting the extension at the right position you can start to look at the downhaul and outhaul of the sail. These are two things that determine how the sail reacts to the wind. Using the top hole of the outhaul will give you more power, using the lower hole will give you more control. For the downhaul you can look at the top of the sail to see if you have put enough tension on the sail. On the North Sails Warp there is a maximum downhaul dot which indicates up to where the sail should be folding away, many other brands have got similar indications. To make you get everything out of the sail, put some tension on the tack strap but not too much. Also tighten the battens until you do not see any wrinkles next to them anymore.

The TWS Slalom Technique Series

The Slalom Technique Series are a way for you to improve your slalom sailing with the tips from the pro’s. As every winter the bay of El Médano becomes the hotspot of slalom training we decided to share some of the pro tips with you. In 6 episodes Marco Lang and Jordy Vonk will share their tips to make you sail even faster and get ready for the upcoming racing season. The guys discuss everything from trimming the gear to jibing and flying. Check out the other episodes as well to make sure you are ready for your next race.

Tenerife Windsurf Solution

At the Tenerife Windsurf Solution Centre in El Medano you can find many different boards and sails from slalom to wave. If you book at the TWS centre you can try out a different board and sail every day on the warm blue water of Tenerife. With more than 60% of the days strong winds, you can be sure of some nice waveriding and slalom action. This will definitely improve your level and we will make sure you have got a good time!