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One of my favorite things to do on my bike in the spring (triathlete for last twenty years, race a carbon fiber) is check local radar when storms are coming and meet them just right and race ahead of them catching the front of the wind shear....the adrenalin rush is awesome and the speed is cool.
Can I do this with my laser on the inland lakes here in Michigan?
Ya , I have been caught a few times, have to ditch out along the side of a barn.
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Lake Michigan? Tame. Go to Novia Scottia and wait for a storm and sail your Laser to Europe.


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Heheheheheh. Ya right. I,m talkin a twenty minute return trip after reaching out to the storm..then ditching for cover.
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Can I do this with my laser on the inland lakes here in Michigan?

Ya , I have been caught a few times, have to ditch out along the side of a barn.
I love watching the weather in real life too. The past 2 hurricanes that came near NYC found me outside trying to gauge the conditions, but I could pick my window.
I've been through a nice summer thunderstorm on a sailboat a few times too. It is very cool to watch the white line of rain on the water as it approaches. The lightning and thunder are a little more intimidating though and the winds can change velocity and shift fairly quickly. Frankly, it is scary but it is thrilling at the same time.

Is the mainsail for a Laser still set up so it slides over the mast (like a wind surfer) or does it have a mast track & slugs? If you can lower the sail from the deck instead of un-stepping the mast you should be ok. If the wind picks up much more than 30 knots you might wish you were ashore!

I'd rather be in a Laser than a Lightning in a storm any day.
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Lake Michigan? Tame. Go to Novia Scottia and wait for a storm and sail your Laser to Europe.


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Re: Storm surfing

Sounds like an awesome ride... until mother nature opens up a 30 million volt can of whoopass on your flesh and bone.
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Lake Michigan? Tame. Go to Novia Scottia and wait for a storm and sail your Laser to Europe.


Coming out of the wood work to chime in on this one. At the risk of being rude, you clearly know less than nothing about Lake Michigan.
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Coming out of the wood work to chime in on this one. At the risk of being rude, you clearly know less than nothing about Lake Michigan.
I think you may have missed Mark's point. The OP seems to be looking for a thrill, which was being mocked. While Lake Michigan is formidable, its still not the Atlantic Ocean. The point was that doing this on LM is not a good idea.

If the OPs point is to outrun a storm for the thrill, that's just asking for trouble. You can't sail faster than most storms, so you better be able to bail to the side. But how do you know it won't build to the side.

If your just looking for the wind, following the storm/front make more sense.
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Coming out of the wood work to chime in on this one. At the risk of being rude, you clearly know less than nothing about Lake Michigan.
Actually I have sailed there. Muskeogan to Nova Scottia
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