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Re: When is the wind speed too much?
Pictures usually do not do the conditions justice per say. BUT, the pic of the lake the OP was on, did not look any worst than where I was on Puget sound sunday. Even the maestro was out in one of his designs racing where I was. The wind was what got us more than the 1' waves where we were. Going home I had some 2-3' ones where there was a bit more fetch, which got me motoring over 8 knots surfing! that was a hoot.
As many have said, its knowing, trying different sail combo's in different conditions to know which option YOU need for YOUR boat on that days conditions. Reality is, I should have left my 140 up after the first race. But wind died some, so the 155 worked, a bit much on some gusts, but with the correct dousing of the main, no issues. But when it hit mid 20's, the sq footage of the 155 was too much for the boat and number of crew/railmeat we had. How I usually sail with 2-3 racing or daysail/cruising, is different than a crew of 6 racing! I can be a reef up, or a 155 where a 140 or 110 might be needed with fewer people. Also, winter you need less area than summer in equal winds. 20 in the summer is no issue when it is 80F, but when it is in the 40's, the air is denser, more molecules to hit the sail, so a reef or smaller sail is needed sooner!
I was reading an article a number of years ago in Sailing World, the V70 folks have "3" or so different sail configs for 35-40 knot winds, based on sea state, ie short steep, short long, long and deep, where the wind is off the surface etc. When one reads things like this, you realize, there is more than one way to skin a cat per say, in the same, but different conditions.
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