Surely I am not alone on this. You''ve been watching the wind all day at
work. It's looking great. You check your marine weather band. It states
'winds west 20 to 25 knots, decreasing to 15 knots tonight and 10 knots
Hey, this is still good!! 15 knots is still enough wind to have a good
time, and it is going to stay 15 knots till tomorrow morning, right??.
I'll be sailing by 6:30pm and can go till sunset. BUT GODDAMMIT, by the
time you get rigged the wind has dropped from 15 knots to 7 or 8 and it
maybe gusts on occassion to 12 but never gets close to the 15 knot
forecast. Your so mad your ready to destroy every piece of equipment you
have and leave the leftovers at the next swap meet. WHY???? Because this
scenario seems to happen 8 out of every 10 times you try sailing when the
forecast is for 15 to 20 knots.
I am convinced the marine forecasters PURPOSELY AND NEGLIGENTLY overstate
the wind by almost double what they have estimated. They do this as an
easy way to cover for any possible negligence in their forecasting, since
they believe they could only be sued if they understated the wind and
someone relied on their forecast and drowned.
WELL WE WINDSURFERES HAVE RIGHTS TOO!!!. We have the right to rely on
the marine weather forecasts to determine if we will have enough wind to
be planing. The marine weather forecasters know (or ought to know) that
we will be relying on their forecast and they have a responsibility to
report their forecast with our needs in mind.
Most of us require a minimum of 12 knots of wind. If the marine
forecasters are predicting 15 knots or greater, then they ought to know
that we will be depending on their forecast and making plans to either
take time from work, take vacation time or changing our daily plan.
However, their intentional misrepresentation of the estimated wind is
causing us to incur lost hours from work, unfulfilled vacation leave and
foiled weekend plans.
WHEN THEY PURPOSELY MISLEAD US, WE LOSE IN MANY WAYS AND PERHAPS ITS TIME
Is anyone else on my side??