Last Man Standing
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Okay - let's set some more general parameters to focus in a bit...
Boats in the 30'-40' range, typically crewed by 2-3. Essentially, what most 12-Pack-Trevors are sailing around out there. And racing counts - with the understood caveat that racing dictates less attention to comfort issues...
That said, it sounds like we're coming to a general consensus that, as far as windspeed goes, 35+/- (or Force 7) is the line at which it goes from a difficult-but-"fun" challenge, to a hope-I-get-home-in-one-piece prayfest.
For those of you that sail it, does open ocean change this equation due to sea state - or does this generally stand?
T's also right in saying there's a lot of grey area here (and I don't think he was talking about Cam's head). So I know this too is a loaded question because you can't run to shore when it gets nasty - but we're just trying to establish a general, realistic rule-of-thumb here based on sailors' experiences....
And to basically say - what in the hell were you guys thinking letting me go out on my little Ike sail - I could have been freaking killed!!!!