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Old 12-17-2012
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Re: Heavy winds?

I figure it's just more of those nitrogen and oxygen molecules hitting your dacron. I noticed it in frostbite racing on those cold days back in the frozen northeast.

Okay, another question. Since colder is more dense, we heel more. But if we're up at say 12,000 feet on some mountain lake, are there just fewer molecules to start with? So would we heel less in 30 knots on top of Mount Everest than at sea level, given the same air temperature?

Are we faster in fresh water because it's less dense than salt and fewer molecules for the hull to have to push around? Or is it because we sink down more than in salt? Is cold water slower than warm water to sail through?

I'm just full of questions. I never think of this out sailing, only at desks with keyboards..
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