Might also be worth noting that if the wind is coming off the shoreline, then the fetch will be insufficient to build significant wave height... the fetch has to be fairly large for significant wave height to build as a general rule, and if you're just limiting yourself based on wind speed, but not accounting for wind direction, you're going to miss out on a lot of good sailing.
For instance, on Buzzards Bay, if the wind is out of the Northwest, there isn't significant fetch distance for most of the bay, since the bay runs SW-to-NE. SW winds will have significant fetch and can have some serious wave height.
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