The following Tips and Tactics are designed to allow you to get the
most from your Hawk Apparent Wind Indicator. If there are other topics
or ideas that you would like an answer to, then please email us and we
will add it in.
The Little Hawk MK1 is a must for all Dinghy Sailors for both upwind
and downwind sailing. One of the hardest things when trying to
improve boat speed is to get the best downwind angles. Ben Ainslie’s
Olympic Coach (David “Sid” Howlett) insists that all the Finn Squad use
a Little Hawk Mk1 Downwind. You will see one below attached to the top
of Ed Wright’s mast.
The Little Hawk MK1 is very light (16 grams) and very low windage making it ideal for the top of the mast.
The Tip for sailing downwind is to not have the wind indicator
pointing inside the limits of your transom, there by not sailing
directly down wind. A quick look up at the Little Hawk every few seconds
as the wind shifts and gusts and correcting your heading to keep the
boat on a very broad reach or a slight run by the lee. Keeping the wind
indicator pointing outside of the limits of your transom is super fast.
Tape It on
Drill hole in mast top
Slide down between sail and mast
Drill out burgee bracket
The Little Hawk Mk1 is also all but indestructible, and is ideal for
use by the coaches out on the race track, or by Race Officials and their
course setting team to judge the true wind direction.
Little Hawk MK2
The Little Hawk Mk2 is our most popular wind indicator and can be
found on the front of the mast on Toppers and Lasers around the world.
It can be used both upwind (Particularly in the light stuff when your
tell tails wont lift or are stuck to the sail) or downwind to get
Only recommended above 8 knots
The next method is to attach corks to the support rod. This does not stop the Little Hawk Mk2 being ripped of by your arch rival, but it does mean it will not sink to the bottom and allows you to retrieve it from the water.
Drill a 4.4mm hole through the cork
The other, but more fiddly option is to fit a retaining line. This
means that again when it is ripped off it simply dangles in front of
your mast and can be fitted back between races.
The Hawk Race is a bigger and more accurate version of the Little Hawk MK2. It uses the Hawk Vane arm so it’s accurately balanced and has a “V” Jewel bearing. This gives it amazing accuracy in the light stuff due to the low friction bearing, counterweight balancing resulting in a low moment of inertia.
The main problem customers have with the Hawk Race and the Hawk is
loosing the Vane Arms. This is 100% due to incorrect assembly from new.
It is very important that the vane Arm and the Locking Block are pushed
on far enough for you to see clear air between the Vane Arm Flange and
the Locking Block. See the Photo below.
This means that the Vane Arm is pivoting properly on the Support Rod
Needle and when you screw the Locking Block screw in, it tightens up on
the Aluminium. The Vane Arm will now not come off !!.
The biggest problem we come across with the Hawk is people not
putting the Locking Block on properly. If the Locking Block is too high
the Vane Arm Flange will rub on the locking block causing excessive
friction and you will be in danger of the Vane arm jumping off. If the
Locking Block is on too far then there will also be excessive friction.
The Reference arms need to be an equal distance either side of the
centre line of the mast. Most sailors will set the arms up to about 30
degrees either side of centre. This does 2 things. Firstly it allows you
to judge the position of the reference arms to the back of the Vane Arm
when sailing upwind to give you a reference for good pointing. And
secondly it is a reference with the front of the Vane Arm when running
downwind to judge good gybing angles.
The key to good boat speed using the Great Hawk is getting the
reference arms correctly set up. Please see the Hawk above. The benefit
of the Great Hawk is that it comes with different Locking Block Pieces
that Lock the Reference Arms at preset angles. 55, 60 and 65 degrees. We
would suggest 55 degrees for racing boats and 65 degrees for cruising
boats. 60 degrees is in the middle for Cruiser/Racers.
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