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Re: Caribbean, What works and doesn't
Doyle talks about sailing in a Windward lee of some island, forget which. Anyway he says the tall mountains create a Windward shadow because the winds are trying to get up over the mountains. I’ve not experienced it myself.
As to acceleration effect, that I have experienced. Andnits part of why I keep a reef even in light air. Last year we were ghosting along some island and all of a sudden got hit with 35 or so knots, knocked the boat over hard and she turned into he wind. Bugger if a few minutes. It was like an instant walk of wind. And I didn’t see it in the water beforehand. A catamaran sailed a few hundred yards inside of us and they were all standing on the rail wondering what we were doing. Apparently they had much less wind.
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