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Mistral Mast Track 1989 Plus: Repair and Maintenance

Back in 1989, Mistral invented one of the better adjustable Mast Tracks on the market, can be seen in image 1. It allowed for easy adjustment for Mast base position on the fly, allowing you to get a leg up on the competition while racing. To this day, you are able to find Windsurfing races where these boards are still the top competitors in the longboard class. Boards such as the Mistral One Design, Mistral Superlight, and Mistral Equipe are crazy awesome boards when it comes to racing. On the other hand, finding parts for these boards isn’t the easiest task at hand. Luckily, Wind Power is here to help. We offer many replacement parts for your older Mistral Board. Link to Mistral Manufacturer page.

Image 1: Mistral Mast Track 1989 Plus

Over time these tracks acquire dirt and debris which is harmful for both the guideline and car/car pulleys. Along with this issue, these tracks have been known to have broken pedals, rusted pedal pins, worn guidelines, and broken line grippers. Wind Power has begun to produce customized parts that are able to replace many commonly broken parts on your Mistral mast track. Also, Wind Power has produced a great instructional video that goes through each process and explains the tracks in great detail. The link to that video can be found here. Today we will be discussing how these mast tracks work and provide some insight on what works well for repairing your Mistral Mast Track, we will be referencing our video to do so.

When you suspect that your Mistral mast track is beginning to wear and become a problem we suggest to remove and replace parts that may be an issue. The last thing you want while ripping on your Mistral board is to break a crucial piece to the mast track. This can cause many issues while racing or casual riding. First you will need to remove the track from the board to replace any parts. This is an easy process, all that is needed is a Philips screwdriver. Remove the screws that are holding the track in place. If the track is wedged into the board, take a Flathead screwdriver and place your hand or a piece of wood on the board and gently pry the track out of the board.

Now that your Mistral mast track is removed from the board, you are able to take a closer look at how everything is working here. First we will explain the spring gripper system. If you lift the pedal to the upward position you will expose the line grippers and springs. In the combined image 2 below, you can see how the line grippers and springs along with how the guideline wraps around the pulley below the springs. How this system works is simple. When the springs are resting they are applying direct pressure to the grippers which are pressed down onto the guideline. When the pedal is pressed down this compresses the springs and allows the guideline to move freely, this line is a continuous loop that is attached to the mast track car.

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Image 2: Exposed springs and line grippers (left) Guideline around pulley, and springs (right)

The guideline is able to move freely through the track by the use of pulleys. This is shown in image 3 below. These pulleys can be a problem sometimes when sand or debris enters this system jamming the pulleys. If this is the case, remove the pulleys and replace them while applying dry silicone spray. Always apply dry silicone to any move plastic parts in the track, this allows for a longer life cycle and prevents increased friction. Reference our video here for a step by step guide to removing all components of your Mistral mast track.

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Image 3: Pulley system and gripper/springs

Since this system uses spring tension to lock the car into position, certain spring pressure is needed. What I mean by this is, the two springs that are placed into the track provide two different pressures. This is marked by the spring color, so it is essential that you place the correct color spring in its original place when assembling the track. On our video you can see that the red spring is located on the right side of the system. This is shown in image 4 located below. Kevin reiterates this by saying “Red on the Right”.

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Image 4: Red Spring on the Right, Natural Colored Spring on the Left

One last function of the gripper system that is unnoticed usually is the eccentric that is located between the springs. The eccentric is shown in image 5 located below. This eccentric is used to adjust the tension of the guideline, it is primarily used when replacing the guideline. There are only two settings to the eccentric since the spring lock needs to be in place to lock the springs into their respected places. This is shown in image 6 located below. 

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     Image 5: Eccentric Pulled from System                                                                                               Image 6: Eccentric Maxed Out (Left) Eccentric Min (Right)

There you have it, that is how the Mistral mast track works and a few additional notes of insight. Don’t forget to check out our video for a great visual on how everything works. If any additional questions or concerns arise through your process, don’t hesitate to contact us any time. Let’s keep these great longboards on the water and in the race circuit!

If you have any further questions regarding anything to do with Windsurfing don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re here to serve your water sport needs.

WISSA 2015 Event Status (republished)

Here is an embed of the Drone Video from WISSA 2015.

During the recent World Ice & Snow Sailing Championships in Fond du Lac, we updated the Event Status with short summaries each day that were available on the Live Camera page or on the Wind Power Weather Center.

 

Event Status:

WISSA 2015 starts Monday!

Monday Feb 9: WISSA 2015 was officially declared Open at the Ceremony at FDL Yacht Club. A practice course race and STS were done, but the wind became very light….Now we wait for some wind.

Tuesday Feb 10: SE Wind came up after lunch. Short Track Slalom races for Sled & Wings Racers were held. Conditions were good. The Kites held 3 course races NW of the event site. The race results should be posted tomorrow.

Wed Feb 11: Windy and Windy. The Wind came up on Wednesday NW 20 mph gusting to 30 mph. 2 course races for Kites, Sleds and Wings were completed before lunch. After Lunch, 1 more course race and then on to STS (short track slalom). The Short Track was awesome to watch and race as it was very windy and the conditions were excellent.

Thursday Feb 12: Good NNW wind in the morning. 3 course races were run north of the event site. The temps were low (6F/-14.4C), but the snow seemed better. The 20 mph winds dropped to about 13 by the end of the last course. After lunch, the Sleds and Wings did a few Short Track Slalom races, but the wind was getting light so the day was called about 4pm.

Friday Feb 13: We had a south-west wind 15-20 mph for the 3 course races for Kites, Sleds and Wings. The course was just under 4 miles long. After lunch, STS races were held and the wind was great about 18 to 22 mph. There were some aweome races and a few spectacular crashes. The bonfire got started to create some warmth. The Sturgeon Queen contest had numerous contestants, 4 finalists and Molly J. was crowned the Queen. The fireworks show was quite a site. Andy Gratton was giving ice boat rides on the STS track until late in the night….what a day! My GPS showed 31 miles total for the day.

Saturday Feb 14: Very strong North-Northwest winds on Saturday. The Wind Power Weather Center rated it at 4 windsocks (25+ mph ave) for 5.75 hours. The race committee declared no course or STS racing due to strong winds and very low visibilty (0.1 mi). Speed runs with the radar gun were ran just north of the event site. Bob Cook got a top speed of 54.4 mph on kite with skis. This was the windiest day on Lake Winnebago this Winter season. A few sailors free rode for a while as the day cleared up nice. Mike (#011) did the Honorary Long-Distance with 5 trips to the FDL Lighthouse and a total of 57 miles (630 miles for the season since 11/21/2014). The Closing Ceremony and Awards banquet was held at the Retlaw and was a great dinner with awards. Hopefully all the racers and spectators had a great time at WISSA 2015. It was an exceptional event!! Thanks to everyone who contributed to making this event happen and the racers for traveling to Lake Winnebago. Stop by the Event site or Wind Power on Sunday.

Post-event Update: It’s Monday morning and what an amazing event. I am more tired (and sore) than Sunday. Anyway, the Tent is down and the Event Organizers have been working hard to clean-up. The weather Sunday & Monday is cool, but light wind and sunny makes for a couple beautiful days. We will be sending out an e-mail to racers, volunteers and staff shortly with FTP info on sharing media (images and video) and soliciting some feedback. If you left anything behind, please notify Dan Duester or Kevin at Wind Power.

 

What a great Event!  I have referred to this a few times just to remember what direction wind was blowing that day.  Hopefully others find this useful too.

 

 

WISSA 2015 Race Results

WISSA 2015 drone overhead image

WISSA 2015 Event Site from the Drone (Thanks Casey)

 

The following files (.pdf) are the FINAL Scoring results from the World Ice & Snow Sailing Championship event held in Fond du Lac, WI USA.  The event was help February 9 to 14, 2015 on the Southern end of Lake Winnebago

We hope everyone made it back home with safe travels and has great memories of this exceptional Event put on by Wind Power, WAK and FDL Visitors Bureau.  Also, a huge THANK YOU to the Race Committee for running great races!

Course Racing:

STS (short track slalom) Racing:

Speed:

 

Mike Bierworth (#011) was nominated for the ‘Honorary Long Distance’ with 57 miles sailed on Saturday Feb. 14.  No racing was held Saturday due to high winds and very low visibility.

We are going to be adding content to our blog and site in the near future.  It is windy today, so gonna go out and sail a bit.  Thanks to ALL the Racers, Volunteers, Hosts, Sponsors, Spectators and everyone at WISSA 2015!

 

 

2013 Sturgeon Stampede

Join the 24th Annual Sturgeon Stampede!

Feb. 9th – 10th

 

Warming up and winding down after a great day in the wind.

 

Lake Winnebago has turned into a winter play ground again.  Many sports take place on the lake in the winter.  Kiting, Ice Windsurfing, Ice Boating, Snowmobiling, Ice Bikes, 4-Wheeling, Cross-country Skiing, Ice Skating and of course Ice Fishing.  Those are just a few of the many activities enjoyed in the winter on the frozen Lake.  Airplanes touch down, people drive their vehicles on the lake, and it’s like another city out there in the Winter Wonderland.

There is a very busy time on the lake when Sturgeon Spearing takes place.  There can be 10,000 shanties out there with someone in them trying their luck at capturing a Sturgeon.  Sturgeon Spearing usually starts the second weekend of February and runs until the harvest quota of sturgeons are meet which usually takes about a week.

What a great time for a PARTY!  Voila! The Sturgeon Stampede.   Dan Deuster and Ed Schneider started it over 20 years ago.  It has transformed over the years and now it’s a Kiting Event with WAK (Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders) running it.  It also has other entities such as Windsurfing on the ice/snow, Ice skating, Ice bowling and of course food and beer.  Saturday evening is the time to light the bonfire.  So come and watch or better yet participate!  (Link to map)Fisherman’s Road

 

The Kiting Event will kick off Friday with the courses and jumping ramps being setup and tested vigorously.  Beer and Food follows.  Saturday morning registration takes place until 11:00 am followed by an 11:30 riders meeting to discuss the events and their format.  Possible Events include Lake Crossing, GPS Speed Drags, Kitercross (obstacle course), and the Big Air Contest.  Beverages and warm food will be available. At dusk the bonfire will be lit with the awards to follow.  Sunday is a funday with more fun racing.  It is also the back-up day for lack of wind or good conditions.  As of this writing the conditions on the lake are excellent for the event.

 

Kevin has had the busiest winter yet teaching Winter-Boarding(Windsurfing on the ice/snow) and Kiting.  Winter is the easiest time to learn both sports, especially Kiting.  You can learn to kite in 2 – 3 hours in the winter versus 2 – 3 days in the summer. It takes much more power generated from the kite to get moving on soft water.  If you kite about 10 times in the winter your skills should be at a much better level to learn the soft water kiting easily. If fact you should be able to get rides on soft water the first day you try after kiting in the winter.

So sign up soon so you can get your ten times out with a kite in the winter before it thaws.  Wind Power currently has a waiting list so get on the list ASAP.  The lake has over 2 feet of ice.  The snow conditions are currently excellent now for both skis and snowboards. Wind Power Kite Lessons  link to WP Kite Blog

24th Annual Sturgeon Stampede Defies Weather Conditions

 

The members of the Winnebago Association of Kiteboarders (WAK) will be making the best of this years winter weather at the 24th annual Sturgeon Stampede Kiteboarding Classic to be held on February 9th and 10th .  “This year offers a unique weather opportunity to explore new methods of sailing and kiting on ice and to enjoy the festivities developed by our members.”

 

Many of the Midwest’s best kiteboarders will collect off the shores of lake Winnebago to show off their favorite tricks while competing in a variety of heats including: Speed drags, Kitercross, Lake crossing, and of course  Big Air . Events will be scheduled from Noon to dark each day, wind permitting.

 

Kiteboarding is the fastest growing water / snow sport in the world, and can be enjoyed year round, on snow, ice, or water. It combines the fundamentals of wakeboarding or snowboarding, along with flying a 3 to 16 meter kite for power. The power of the kite allows jumps and tricks often exceeding 20 feet, and the ability to free ride for hours at a time. No gasoline or lift ticket required!

 

The members of WAK invite you to their event Feb 9-10 and suggest you dress for the weather and bring your camera. Several kite instructors and retailers will be at the event for those interested in learning the sport. An ice bar will be featured at this years event as well as heated shelter, music, food and refreshments. Other activities include ice bowling, Sturge-O-Rama, Sturgeon Queen contest, awards presentation, and a bonfire at dusk.

 

The event starts at noon and will be held on Lake Winnebago 1/2 mile off the shore of Fisherman’s Road landing (6 miles north of hwy 23 off hwy 151). For more information check out our website at www.wakkiteboarding.com , or email any questions to info@wakkiteboarding.com