In my continual (and usually futile) quest to improve my upwind speed in a Laser, I've been wondering if the reason I am so slow is something to do with my hiking style.
Hiking, for those not familiar with the term in this context, is what a dinghy sailor calls it when he hangs his bum over the side of the boat to stop it tipping over.
Laser coaches are fond of shouting things like...
The harder you hike the faster you go
If it's not hurting you aren't hiking hard enough.
But I think the truth is a little more subtle than that. There is a lot of technique to hiking. Do it wrong and you might injure yourself.
I came across these three pictures of different hiking styles in one of the many sailing books gathering dust on my bookshelf.
What do you think of the three styles?
Which one would work best?