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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 assume that this is sarcasm. But seriously, if knowing the true wind direction is a waste of time, how do you know when to tack and lay a mark or channel without having a general sense of the true wind direction.
The ambient wind vs gust discussion derived from a discussion of NOAA weather station wind readings on a particular day. Understanding predictions and recorded wind conditions in standard terminology allows you to better understand how to set up your boat based on the predicted or experienced conditions.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay