This centreboard strop has been designed in collaboration with GBR Team sailor Michael Beckett. He explains why here…”Unsurprisingly this is a little bit of rope that has almost certainly been overlooked. I had this idea about a year ago, that by ensuring the string loop at the top front corner of the centreboard sat on top of the board – rather than inline with the hole, it would be a lot more effective. The exact change I’m referring to is best explained by looking at a photo.
The benefits of having the loop attaching to the bungee slightly higher up are twofold. Firstly, it means the centreboard elastic is pulling the board downwards as well as forwards, meaning the board is less likely to do that really annoying ‘pop-up’ upwind. The next advantage is that it means the downhaul & outhaul control lines can pass under the centreboard elastic, this means that grabbing and adjusting the leeward line is much easier, and in general it’s easier to keep the lines tidy and free running. A big improvement from a small bit of rope!
In terms of the loop itself, it needed to be quite a precise self-tightening loop, to make it easy to apply. Southeast Sailboats have made the loop incredibly neatly, making it the easiest task to put on the board and the loop sitting in the perfect place.”