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post #31 of Old 07-06-2012
imiloa
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Re: Too hot to sail...

While it was over 100 in the Chicago area on the 4th (and still is today) we went out of Waukegan harbor for a few hours sailing. There was a little relief on the water but the wind was very gusty and unpredictable. It would blow generally off the land anywhere between about 5 and 22 knots and the direction changed alot. We only sailed within a mile or two of shore so I wonder if the wind would have been steadier a few more miles out. I don't recall encountering conditions much like this previously but this kind of heat is rare here. Anyone have some thoughts on this kind of turbulant air closer to shore? (Remember, this is Illinois so the land is flat, no big cliffs or bluffs to speak of in the area.)
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