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Old 11-19-2012
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Re: Windy day on the Chesapeake

I guess I misread your comments, Dave. Sorry about that. I hadn't considered the vast differences there can be in wind and wx from one part of the Bay to another, especially from the Bay's mouth vs. 100 miles north. The good news is that we are where we can still sail in November. Woohoo!!
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Re: Windy day on the Chesapeake

Yeah, was a beautiful weekend on the Bay, not too cold. Judging from the white caps just outside the channel on the way to Solomon's Island true wind didn't get much above 15-18 kts with an occqasional gust in the 20s. Apparent wind -- we were registering 25 kts making 9-10 kts on a beam reach. The chop was really nasty running about 4 ft on Sunday. I know 4 ft chop doesn't sound like much but in the bay the fetch is really short and you really get thrown around.
BTW. The Maryland Rockfish tournament was this past weekend and just watching those guys rocking and rolling in the chop trolling at 3 kts almost made me seasick. That's real dedication. Wouldn't have minded some fresh Rock to take homw -- nothing better
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Re: Windy day on the Chesapeake

We were also out on Sunday. However, we opted for a sail up the Severn instead of heading out on the Bay. With the NE wind, it was a starboard close reach (mostly) up to the far side of Round Bay, tack, and then a port broad reach (mostly) back to Annapolis. This is the best time of year to make that trip with so few power boats out...also, still a little color along the shore.

We were also warmed by hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps (topped with whipped cream) on our sail. Just the thing for a leisurely late fall sail.

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Re: Windy day on the Chesapeake

The YouTube wind scale:

Whitecaps = Gale conditions, lives at peril, pure heroics necessary to arrive safely.

Waves above 3 ft. = Near hurricane, survival conditions, few have the skill and ability to make it.

Boat heels more than 10 degrees = Full hurricane.
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