How much wind is needed to sail?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by sarah13, May 3, 2009.

  1. sarah13

    sarah13 New Member

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    I am a new owner of a sunfish and am wondering how much wind is needed to get out on the water?:) Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Wayne

    Wayne Member Emeritus

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    Sarah,

    My thought is a breeze above 5 mph will get you going. 8 mph might be better. A Sunfish will sail in very light wind, but below about 8 the skill required actually goes up. For someone new to Sunfish 8 to 12 is a good weather window to look for.
     
  3. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    If there is a current where you are planning to sail, watch out for that. When the wind is low, a counter current can sweep you backwards :eek:
    Same for tides....

    PS: I have found myself racing in 0-5 mph winds, but that's hardly fun.
     
  4. Memnar

    Memnar Member

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    .02 knots minimum. Hopefully a bird will fly by and double your wind speed.



    P.S. there is no minimum, you will learn a lot sailing in in low winds too, and you will learn how long it takes to get back to shore when becalmed.

    -Erik
     
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