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post #5 of Old 08-24-2006
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... and remember that a dinghy is the best (only?) way to learn sailing. On the other hand, you waste your time and energy trying to manage it with 15+ knot wind speeds. Rather try reefing techniques first with somebody else on a two-sail open boat when it blows at the 4 to 5 force range and then move to heavier stuff with a keel, where you do not need constant balancing by displacing your body i.e. move from racing to cruising mode (more adapted to people in their fifties!)
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