Also, in very high winds... going upwind is very difficult on the boat. The boat speed adds to the wind speed, and you end up really getting beaten up, especially on a faster boat. Going downwind reduces the forces on the boat, since the boat's speed is subtracted from the wind speed—and things calm down.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.