An Intro to Hiking on a Laser Sailboat
Adjust your Toestrap / Hiking Strap for the conditions
Position Yourself for Hiking Power
You want your legs fairly straight with some bend at the knees, locking your knees can be bad for your knees, so keep a comfortable bend. Get your butt up out off the water and really use those quads for power. Keep good posture with your back allowing for a proper arch. You don't want your back to look like a turtle! Keep your arms up and back, so you can sheet in and out in the gusts and lulls. This also gives you a little more hiking power keeping your arms closer to your face and promotes better posture which will be more comfortable and better for your back! Your feet shouldn't be hyper exteneded nor should they be straight up, it's a compromise in between.
You should be relatively comfortable aside from the burning in your quads. This is totally normal and depends on your athletic ability, some really great exercises to help with hiking are cycling, rowing and squats.