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Re: Open 40 surfing
There don't seem to be many whitecaps in the video, so it appears they're broad reaching (trying to catch the waves means they're not on a tight reach) in Force 4 or 5 conditions. Force 5 would probably have more whitecaps, so a windspeed of less than 20 knots is indicated by what we can see. (An instrument shot would have been helpful.) In a teaching situation such as this, reefing would help provide better control for the helmsman who is learning what to do and makes sense for them. If they wanted to go faster, a 40' boat should be able to handle 20 knots of breeze on a broad reach with a full main up.