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Re: Wind Direction Question from Noob...
Every last sailor on earth was once new and asking questions. The day you stop learning or feel you know everything is the day you should put your boat up for sale.
What you're describing is one of the things that makes sailing exciting and makes it stand out from those boat on which you (so they think) simply turn the key and go.
Your challenge is to get your boat to sail in whatever the wind direction. All of us face the same challenge. Most areas (with the exception of mountain lakes) have a prevailing wind where, during certain times of the year, the wind direction is usually in the same direction. That, of course can still change given daily changes in weather conditions. A sudden wind shift may signal an oncoming storm or some other change in weather. Where I sail, in hot weather the wind usually dies in late afternoon. However, there have been days recently where the wind was light during the day and picked up nicely into and throughout the evening. You just have to take what comes.
Given the same destination as an example, some days you may reach it on a single beam reach, other days you may have to tack through the wind to get there. It just depends on how Nature feels when she gets up that morning.
That's the simple answer. Next you'll start dealing with sail trim and getting obsessive with minor adjustments to increase your speed that oh-so-essential tenth of a knot.
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