Well, I think I could be the newbiest newbie of all, and I'm not sure what counts as BFS, but 19-23 knot wind, 6-8 foot seas in the Catalina channel in my opinion, rocks hard. We were in a Catalina 38. The skipper called it a lively bathtub with sails. I was at the helm for the first part of the crossing, nothing too special, 10-15 knot winds and calm seas on a broad reach. Just as soon as I went below to hit the head and handed the helm to my brother-in-law, things got fun. The wind picked up to a steady 19 knots with up to 23k gusts, and the blue started to dance. We trimmed up, heeled over and went balls out. The girls were below hanging on while I straddled the bow, looking down from the top of the rollers and getting soaked when we would hit the valley. I went almost completely under a few times. After that, I was completely hooked and will sail anything I can get my hands on. I just got my first boat and am REALLY excited to get her on the water and get wet.
Tamin the wild Bucc,