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Subject: Heavy Weather Sailing Tips
(Posted on Dec 6, 2009 at 10:06PM ) Tags:
To one sailor heavy weather sailing is anything over 15 knots while another might think the fun does not start until the winds exceed 25 knots.

The best strategy is to sail the boat to the comfort level of the crew - that is unless you like looking for new crew each time you go sailing.

One of the most important skills to be developed is the ability to interpret and apply what you hear on the vhf Wx channels. Does it matter what the wind speeds are at Ballenas if you do not know the location of Ballenas?  Also remember to listen for any updates.  This time of year, frontal systems can change speeds and something expected tomorrow could arrive today or vice versa.

If you are not sure of the weather or your ability, it is best to stay put even if it means arriving a day late. Some of the best days sailing are done from a seat in the pub.