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Re: When is the wind speed too much?
I'm going to guess that they were all over-canvassed. ( I realize that we no longer use that material) ;-) In those conditions, I would have set a reef in my main before leaving the dock and deployed a smaller headsail. The boat will sail faster flatter on the upwind legs.
If they had rails in the water..struggling to stand-up, they were not sailing efficiently.
It may feel exhilerating, but you aren't going as fast as you can.
So, imho, the wind was not too much, they had too much sail up. Just a guess.
Last edited by Tempest; 10-22-2012 at 06:50 PM.