Learning In The Wind

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by Sailkb, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. beldar boathead

    beldar boathead Well-Known Member

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    You can certainly go downwind under a bare pole, or no pole at all, but you can't go upwind. You need a sail for that. BB
     
  2. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Agreed—but steering capability is not lost. There could be more points-of-sail available than straight downwind.
    Now I'll have to try "a bare pole" beam reach! :p
     
  3. Sailkb

    Sailkb Member

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    This brings up a related issue I have wondered about. Last summer I left my Sunfish at home to travel to a bigger lake for an outing with a friend on his boat. We arrived just as a major storm, unexpected, moved through. Major wind blew up on the lake. As we drove into the dock parking lot, a handful of sailers were arriving to dock soaking wet from rain. Luckily, there were no capsizes, but stories ensued of how each survived what appeared 50+ mph wind. The storm promptly moved out and we had a beautiful afternoon on his sailboat. My question is, what is the approach in a Sunfish if I suddenly find myself in that situation? Drop the sail and hold on?
     
  4. tag

    tag my2fish

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  5. brianZ71

    brianZ71 Member

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    check the weather reports religiously before you head out to sail. both read the forecast and check the radar map. I imagine kansas is a little like inland texas where i am. there aren't really "surprise" storms that come out of nowhere like when you're near the coast or great lakes. It should be very predictable.
     

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