Tartan 27' owner
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Re: Light Air or Heavy Air - What's Most Frustrating?
For my money both light and heavy 'air' are challenging but in different ways. Light air challenges my patience while heavy air challenges my nerves as safety becomes much more important in a rough situation.
Think about it. Your rig is not likely to come down in 0 - 5 knots of wind as the stresses on the rig is nothing compared to 25+ knots. Sails usually blow out in squalls, not calms. A MOB situation in light winds should be a cakewalk but in 25+ knots, not so much.
I race so we get plenty of light wind days over the summer. We usually have plenty of time on races like that to tweak anything that can be tweaked.
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