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Re: Wind indicator NOT for mast top
I look at the water. The line of chop. That's the true wind direction, every thing on the boat is apparent wind. I've never understood how a person can stand out side and not be able to look directly into the direction the wind is blowing. it seems like an obvious force. If you can tell "that" the wind is blowing, you should be able to tell from "where" it is coming. Also it should only mater in regards to how High you can point. in which case your sails will start flapping and you'll stop moving when you can't go any higher, so fall off till the fill and you start to move.. On a down wind run, again I angle my self at an angle to the line of chop. In very light winds, which is the most challenging. tell tails will lie flacid and a windex will swing with the boat motion as the stronger force. I suggest, going out side, looking at the water and just look and obsereve and develope the sense of the wind, put your cheak to it, turn into it, like someone said earlier, feel it in your ears. It's an essential part of being a sailor, sensing the wind.
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