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Re: What's the lightest wind you go sailing in?
How light is too light really depends on the sea state, and whether you have a specific destination. We took a couple of visiting relatives from out of town out sailing last weekend and there was little or no wind. Because it was flat water and we weren't going anywhere in particular I was able to keep the boat sailing at a couple of knots most of the time. I just chose the best course to build boatspeed, and looked for the next puff to catch! We had a nice afternoon looking at the scenery and chatting while I quietly honed my light air skills. We only lost steerage a couple of times. Both times were when big stink-pots crossed my bow far closer than they needed to, and the wake stopped us dead!
Newport, You will find that with a little practice your Santana can be very quick in light air. Even the standard rig has a pretty respectable SA/D ratio, and will out perform many similar sized cruisers.
1979 Santana 30 Tall Rig
Last edited by SchockT; 08-26-2012 at 03:21 AM.