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post #23 of Old 02-28-2019
geoirishbox
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Re: ambient wind vs true wind

Knowing all this stuff about apparent, ambient and true wind is a waste of time while sailing, because if the boat is moving, what you are experiencing is apparent wind. I never find the wind to be true, even standing on the dock, because it is never really steady. Knowing how to read gusts while sailing and determining lift is another skill that comes with practice. One needs to be particularly interested in actual wind sailing downwind (accidental gybes have taken down many a mast).
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