From the lack of reports I figure most West Coasters wisely decided to
sit this one out.
Hey are you guys talking about *knots* which is nautical miles per hour =
1.6kph or *miles* per hour which is 1.8kph????
Reason I ask is that I think anyone who says they used a 4.2 in a *real*
35kn wind is dreaming.
I say pull out the windmeter?
I sailed in 30-35 twice this week, (as in 30kn solid with few gusts to
35kn) and I used a 4.0. That is me on an 80L board, I'm 210lb and find it
hard with a 4.0. "Average" sized guys were on 70L and 3.7m. They were very
tired and so on after 30min in the waves.
Lots of people talk about sailing in 40kn but they are a little miffed when
they find out it was 25-30 and the one or two gusts in the whole day were
??? If I had that dilema, I think I'd either get a smaller sail or eat
TUE...S GALES 40 TO 45 KT WITH FREQUENT GUSTS TO 55 KT...BECOMING SW
20 TO 30 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GUSTS TO 35 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND
WAVES 15 TO 18 FT.
Ooooopsss I did too.
Anyway not accusing anyone of lying but anything over 35kn is verrry windy.
Pretty much nobody sails in 50kn and if they do it is on 3.2-3.5.
It requires a great deal of skill to rig and walk to the water in 40kn.
We had a day in December on here on the LI sound (NY) where it was
gusting to the mid to high fourties. The local wind meter recorded up to
60mph, but these readings are definitivey high.
4.2 was way big for me and I got spanked; 3.7 was almost doable, but in
these kinds of conditions I am glad if I make my jibes and that's about
it. I am with Tsunami - 30-35 knots is 3.7 weather for me and that
happens maybe twice a year around here. FWIW, I do seem to have trouble
carrying my gear in anything over 20..
florian - NY22