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post #21 of Old 07-29-2013
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Re: Wind Direction Question from Noob...

The wind can can shift directions. There may be prevalent direction. However daytime heating of the ground as well as obstructions can cause that direction to shift.

Being new, the trick is to keep the sails trimmed to the correct wind direction and speed. Easier said then done! Because you are sailing a dinghy there are a couple things you can do to help yourself out. First, put tell tales on the sails. Your job is to keep those telltales streaming smoothy. Second put an official wind direction indicator on the shrouds. You can use a yarn or ribbon. Six inches long. Just tie it on at just above head level. MY favorite official wind indicator for noobs is cassette tape. Pick an old favorite and cut it up! tie it to the shrouds. Cheap and effective!
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