Sail Size V Wind Speed

Sail Size V Wind Speed

Post by Duncan Love » Fri, 22 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Can somebody give me a sail size/wind speed guide, so if I have a idea on
the conditions, I don't have to take all my sails.

0-10 mph ?
10-15 mph ?
15-20 mph ?
20-25 mpg ?
25-30 mph ?
30-35 mph ?
35-40 mph ?
40+ mph ?

Thanks

Duncan

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Post by Eyes4Hi » Fri, 22 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Size varies by sailor weight, water condition (flat vs. choppy), sail type
(race vs. slalom vs. wave. For me at 175 lbs on slalom to bump & jump gear:

0-10 mph ?   kayak or land sailor
10-15 mph ? 7.0
15-20 mph ? 7.0 - 6.0
20-25 mpg ? 6.0-5.2
25-30 mph ? 5.2-4.5
30-35 mph ? 4.0
35-40 mph ? wish I had a 3.5
40+ mph ?   hanky

 
 
 

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Post by Güven Kai » Fri, 22 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can somebody give me a sail size/wind speed guide, so if I have a idea on
> the conditions, I don't have to take all my sails.

> 0-10 mph ?     7.5
> 10-15 mph ?    7.5
> 15-20 mph ?    6.3
> 20-25 mpg ?    5.2
> 25-30 mph ?    5.2
> 30-35 mph ?    4.2
> 35-40 mph ?    3.7
> 40+ mph ?      A Pint

> Thanks

> Duncan

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Post by Robert Youda » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

That's a silly question. Some people can hold up a 7.0 in 20-25kts whilst
others are overpowered with a 6.0. All depends on your skill, weight, style,
and strength.

Rob

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Quote:

>Can somebody give me a sail size/wind speed guide, so if I have a idea on
>the conditions, I don't have to take all my sails.

>0-10 mph ?
>10-15 mph ?
>15-20 mph ?
>20-25 mpg ?
>25-30 mph ?
>30-35 mph ?
>35-40 mph ?
>40+ mph ?

>Thanks

>Duncan

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Post by JDC97 » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>That's a silly question.

Robert.  IMHO  There are NO silly questions in this group.  Some may not
understand all of the aspects of the sport.  

 I have asked some simplistic questions here and I have always gotten good or
humorus advice.

JimC

 
 
 

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Post by Robert Youda » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

You are right. I used the word silly with a grin on my face that I forgot
you cannot see! So, here it is:

;-)

Apologies,

Rob

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Quote:

>>That's a silly question.

>Robert.  IMHO  There are NO silly questions in this group.  Some may not
>understand all of the aspects of the sport.

> I have asked some simplistic questions here and I have always gotten good
or
>humorus advice.

>JimC

 
 
 

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Post by benKauf.. » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
> Can somebody give me a sail size/wind speed guide, so if I have a idea

  > on the conditions, I don't have to take all my sails.

Duncan,

Rule #1 is you have to bring all of your sails because regardless of the
report or current conditions, when you get there it will be different.

All right, so maybe I don't bring my 3.2 and 6.8 when I expect to be on
a 5.0 and I don't bring the 4.0 and smaller when the report is for what
I would be on a 6.0 but I almost always bring atleast 3 or 4 sails for
some above and below range. Get the idea?

As for your chart, there is no universal association between wind speed
and sail size.  You have to factor sailor weight, water conditions, size
of board and type/quality of sail, not to mention the type of sailing
being done.  For example, I'm 140lbs and I was overpowered on a 4.0 and
this 230lb guy was on a 5.0 and it looked like he needed some more wind
or a bigger sail.

Ben

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Post by TomBuckO » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Duncan:

Three words to live by:

"ALWAYS BRING EVERYTHING"

Tom  - Chicago

 
 
 

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Post by Wolfgang Soerge » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> Can somebody give me a sail size/wind speed guide, so if I have a idea on
> the conditions, I don't have to take all my sails.

I (140 lbs, non-racer, more b&j / freestyle / waveriding guy) use
approx. (!!!)

Quote:
> 0-10 mph ? anything. Streetsailer, 6.5 if it looks like picking up, 5.7 else.
> 10-15 mph ? 6.5
> 15-20 mph ? 6.5 on lake, 5.7 on sea
> 20-25 mpg ? 6.5/5.7(lake) - 5.0 (sea)
> 25-30 mph ? 5.0 - 4.5
> 30-35 mph ? 4.5 - 4.0
> 35-40 mph ? around 4.0
> 40+ mph ? 3.5, 4.0 if it's only gusts.

Not taking all sails: Often a bad idea. I always take at least the big
sails
(6.5 / 5.7 / 5.0) and 2 masts / 2 booms, even if the forecast isn't that
good.
And if it looks good it still happen's around here that a day which was
supposed
to be a solid 30 knots ends up with gusty 20 or less -- still good
sailing
conditions but useless if the right sail is in the garage.
Nothing sucks more than sitting on the beach when it's blowing.
Sometimes it seems to be a method to generate wind to leave the small
sails or
boards at home when heading for the beach -- unfortunately not very
reliably.

Wolfgang
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Post by NLW TFW » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Duncan-
Review this forum via dejanews.com with a power search on sail size. You'll
find dozens of meaty posts in a similar thread.

Mike \m/

 
 
 

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Post by Peter Som » Sat, 23 Jan 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>Duncan:

>Three words to live by:

>"ALWAYS BRING EVERYTHING"

>Tom  - Chicago

I'd augment this to: "ALWAYS BRING EVERYTHING - IF YOU CAN"
(I can, but some friends have small cars and they can't.)
Peter

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Post by Weed F » Sun, 24 Jan 1999 04:00:00

<<That's a silly question. Some people can hold up a 7.0 in 20-25kts whilst
others are overpowered with a 6.0. All depends on your skill, weight, style,
and strength.>>

I'd like to add one more. Knowledge of new equipment out today.

This past summer I think it was Aug./Sept. there was a race at Kalmus Beach.
The winds picked up to over 25 kts, more like 30 plus. I was out there on my
8'4" wave board with a 4.7 North wave, to lazy to rig down to a 4.2.

I came in to take a rest and they were just starting the next heat. The racers
were still using race boards and the sails ranged between 6.5 to 7.5 (I think).
I said to myself, I have to see this, they are going to get trashed, they're
going to spin out big time. The race started and I couldn't believe my eye's,
all the racers were smokin and seemed dialed in, no one was spinning out, I was
amazed.

There were times when I thought I was overpowered on my 4.7. So I would say it
is important to know and understand how to rig/use the new stuff out today.

Marc or Skip if you're out there? You might want to add to this thread. Both of
you were in that race series.