I agree absolutely on the new-to-me nautical term "pucker power" as a replacement for wind speed gauge. Having said that, I do use the apparent wind indicator a lot when trying to get the most out of the boat when heading to windward in light to moderate air. And - I also agree - you are NOT putting yourself, your crew or your boat in harm's way without the gauge - focus on the weather and the sea and the pleasure. You may in fact sail better without the distractions of instrumentation and technology.
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