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Re: Big Wind!!!
Assuming the prior owner is also competent in those conditions, I think it would be a very good experience. It will be an exhausting learning adventure. Reef hard and then start letting some out as you get comfortable. You may not make your best speed, just get used to things first.
In high winds, I think more about waves than wind. If sustained offshore over a period of time, they can kick up some tough seas, particularly if they are coming from open water. If tidal current and wind are opposed, even tougher. I'm sure there are good forecasts. Although, on websites like SailFlow, I find wave prediction to be the least reliable.
Don't force yourself, but if you want to test your limits and you are comfortable with the skipper for the voyage, then it's an opportunity. Good luck and enjoy.
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