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Re: What's the lightest wind you go sailing in?

I'm glad my boat came with a really nice drifter as part of its 17 headsail inventory. I never used it the first couple of years, then re-discovered it in the "mountain" of sailbags I had stored after initially locating the main, 135 and 155 I used the first couple of seasons.

Drifters are wonderful light air sails that will keep you moving instead of firing up the iron genny. Mine flies free of the headstay (I actually rigged it with a spinnaker launching sleeve last year) which means you don't have to take your working jib or genoa off the furler to use it.

It's light, and HUGE, but easy to handle and rig. Very lightweight sheets are important. I'll never have a boat, large or small, without one again.

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My boat is classified as a "Heavy Cruiser" and as such anything under 12 knots is a show stopper for me. I like it best when white caps just start to appear.
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12kts? wow! Around here that would mean you would almost never sail!

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We don't let much keep us off the boat. If it's not storms, and we're not at work, then we try to get on the boat. If there's absolutely no wind, we'll motor somewhere and swim. If there's too much wind, same. Luckily, for the past few weekends, we've had perfect wind conditions.
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Well I went out yesterday and wow what fun!!! It was probably 10-12 knots. A bit choppy but the boat had PLENTY of wind to get her up to 7 knots of boat speed. So 10 knots is great for my boat. Even with a 120 jib.

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I feel the best way to really know your boat is to sail in extremely light conditions, as a novice it was really beneficial to me.
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Re: What's the lightest wind you go sailing in?

I've gone out in 3-4 kts.

A lack of breeze isn't what keeps me in. A light air sail will really make you focus on your trim.
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Re: What's the lightest wind you go sailing in?

The Womboat kind of drifts along in anything under 5 knots and doesn't really start to sing under 10 particularly when she is overdue, as she is right now, for a tubdown and antifoul. Nonetheless I am happy enough plodding along at a couple of knots provided the sea is calm. Nothing worse than when the swell or other people's wash, hits you at that speed.

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