Would you go out?

Nene

New Member
Thread starter #4
I guess I'm chicken. Haven't been out for a month with the N'or easter then the hurricane. It's really white cappy blowin 12-17 mph
 

Wavedancer

Upside down?
Staff member
#5
The video shows hardly any whitecaps on a wide body of water. My estimate of the wind strength would be around 10 mph.
But watch out for those fiberglass-eating sharks that beldar mentioned ;)
 

Nene

New Member
Thread starter #6
I don't know why they don't show up well, darn. Anyway, I have a Davis weather station and that's what it was saying. I was really waffling.
 

L&VW

Well-Known Member
#8
Pressing F5, I was able to view your video several times. While the close-in winds seem tame enough, there appears to be gusts further out—consistent with 12-17—that would give me pause. :oops: As a "senior sailor", my first question would be:

"How cold is the water"?

:p
 

JohnCT

Active Member
#9
12-17, sounds like fun.
Go with someone that has more experience, your missing out on the "sweet spot" 10-20 where sailing is most fun and the boats perform best.

Like any outdoor sport, dress for the weather and enjoy
 
#11
Video never gives a good impression of weather conditions. But some things I might consider:

1) Is the wind onshore or offshore?
2) How much chop is there?


If the wind is offshore, and there is a lot of chop, I might hesitate because it can be hard to claw your way upwind when overpowered.

3) What is the situation with the launch/recovery site?

If the site is rocky or otherwise hazardous, i might reconsider, because you can be pinned when launching or have a stressful time getting out or returning.

4) How comfortable am I in doing a righting manouver in those conditions?

I did some sailboat rental in a place near Seattle last month, and they make you do a righting manouver before renting. And if the wind increases 5 knots, you have to come in and do it again. I was slightly insulted at the time, but afterwards I saw the value of it. Its not just that you are able to right the boat, but you know the stability limits so you are less likely to capsize.

A go/no go decision is not just a safety decsion, it is more about comfort level. But the Sunfish does a pretty good job of being controllable in higher winds.
 
Thread starter #13
Okay, I had a similar day today, a bit windier (17mph). I put on my kahunes and went on out. It was a nail biter, with 1.5 foot waves. I made shorter runs out and back to stay in closer, so lots of tacking. It was a lot of fun but it was stressful. I was comfortable handling the boat, though. Was thankful for the suggestion of sitting towards the back to get the bow up. I guess I just need to build some confidence. Will make myself go out more often.
 
#14
With the right combination of wind and waves you can have the thrill of surfing a wave. Of course, this comes with the risk of burying the bow under the wave ahead! I've had a couple of occasions where the bow went deep enough I started to wonder if the boat would capsize, pitch-pole, or a combination of both.
 
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