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 Post subject: Minimum Wind???
PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:55 pm 
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Interested in finding out what the minimum amount of wind you will sail in?

Unfortuneatly, in my area it seems few and far between when the days blow harder than 5-6mph.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 4:41 pm 
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REAL hard ti sail in 5 mph winds!!! You really need to know what your doing. Weight placement and keeping the boat stable are very important. You MUST not move around a lot in that kind of air. And DON"T oversheet.

Just my 2 cents,

Doug


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:46 pm 
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See : ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/downloads/climate/windrose/

The seasonal wind in your area may be different than you think.

The length of the arms represent frequency.

The colors represent velocity.

Note: Wind speeds shown are in meters per second. To convert meters per second into miles per hour just multiply by 2.237. Thus, a 5 m/sec wind is an 11.19 mph wind, and a 10 m/sec wind converts to 22.37 mph.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 5:49 pm 
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Hey mglimpse,

Where do you sail?

Loren


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2007 7:44 pm 
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The southern end of the Puget Sound in the Pacific NW is also well known for very light winds. As others have said, sailing in such winds is tricky and takes care, but is still fun. Beats beating your brains out on a stink pot!

Try not to over-load the boat, don't sheet too tightly. Most importantly, enjoy the moment. It's not about where you go or how fast you get there; it's all about your voyage, be it a small one.

If you want to keep sailing in light to non-existent winds, take a look at the Hobie Adventure Island. It sails nicely and keeps you moving when the wind refuses to help. I love mine as much as my Getaway!


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 Post subject: Minimum wind
PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:16 am 
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8-10 mph. 5-6 is no fun. The Getaway is a great, but it is a relative dog in light air.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:31 pm 
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Loren,

I sail at Lake Pleasant outside of Phoenix.

Mike


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 Post subject: Current
PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:42 pm 
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Current can be a factor in light wind. Be sure you have enough wind to sail out of any currents. If you're going 3 knots in a 3 knot current you're going nowhere, slowly.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:26 pm 
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Ha!

i remember trying to get out of the inlet where i launch, fighting a really heavy incoming tide. there was a fair wind, but on the south side of the inlet there's a blockage where there's almost no wind behind a huge clump of australian pines. so, long story short, there i was with my girlfriend (laughing her ass off) going exactly 0mph. we were moving forward just enough to stay in one place, and the people on the jetties were none too shy about making some jokes about our forward progress and the fact that we were in a no-wake zone.

now, i have paddles.


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