Jersey, 1996. Completely exhausted he was.
Arms trembling, back aching, and in a desparate state of mind. Just a few seconds ago Mac
Barnes from the US had been about 100 meters ahead of the fleet, had been in the
lead of the whole pack. But as it still was only his second windsurfing season, the
ambitious sailor fell when he had to turn. With not enough power left in his arms to
uphaul the heavy, 7.4 meter race sail again quickly, the whole fleet of 25 sailors took
the unexpected chance and passed the poor, exhausted guy. After only two
races the early end had come for Mac and he had to throw in the towel, whilst everybody
else completed three more races: Mac: "It bothered me, not being able to
As we learn from history frustration may
sometimes be a perfect midwife for new ideas. And that's exactly what happened those days
on New Jersey beaches, producing another "juvenile" inventor in the adult sport
of windsurfing. 2004: 8 years later Mac Barnes' baby already has a lot of friends all over
the world. Eg. US womens windsurfing Olympic sailor Lanee Butler, who
uses an Easy-Uphaul and recommends it to others, just as did French association
"windsurfilles". Or Beth Powell, who runs the Florida based Banana River
Windsurfing resort and Olympic windsurfing training center, and has put an Easy-Uphaul on
every single sail at her windsurfing center. Not to speak of the windsurf instructor from
New Jersey, who was told by his doctor that one of the vertebra in his back had totally
disintegrated. Thank to Easy-Uphaul he was able to keep his beloved sport
despite his distressing medical report.
First day on the water with the Easy-Uphaul: It takes us just 2 minutes to rig the
Easy-Uphaul and set the apt length for our tester. 5 minutes later: The 5,5 sail floats
downwind in choppy conditions, with winds around 15 knots. Karin is an intermediate
sailor, perhaps not too athletic, but enthusiastic with her sport. She hooks in and leans
back. Everybody is surprised: The sail rises immediately, everything
looks really easy, instinctively Karin finishes the raising by hand. Note: It is the very
first time Karin tries the Easy-Uphaul! 5 seconds later the sail is in an upright
position, our tester grabs the boom and sails away with a smile! By the way: The
Easy-Uphaul has fallen off her harness hook by itself! Mac Barnes explains: "The
windsurfer does not need to detach the Easy-Uphaul, it self-detaches." After two
hours and a significant number of uphaul procedures Karin returns to the beach. Smiling. What
about her judgement? "Just 3 words: Easier than ever," she says. No
wonder curious sailors, both women and men, try the Easy-Uphaul this afternoon, without a
single tester not praising the innovative little tool...
Three days later: Sunshine, a light breeze
over the lake, and 11 year old Konstantin carries his gear into the water. Without any use
of the attached instructions (although they are really clear and helpful) the young boy
had been able to rig the Easy-Uphaul within a few minutes. "It is
self-explaining", he states proudly. (although we have to mention that we had set the
correct length for him in advance :-)) After having convinced the lightweight
that even for a pro sailor there might be situations where beach- and waterstarts might
NOT work, he finally drops the sail. And uphauls the rig again effortlessly, grinning from
ear to ear and of course always uphauling without the use of hands.
No-handed uphauling. Cool, it works...
How to use? Where to buy? Next page!