Wind Meters

Wind Meters

Post by NLW TFW » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Nick -
Re:"The stuff just seems to multiply in my
garage. Sometimes when I lay in bed at night I can hear my gear down
there breeding. It makes me horny to go sailing.":

Got a Screamer in that quiver?

Mike \m/
Never Leave Wind To Find Wind


Wind Meters

Post by Michael J. Winkle » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Yep, you gotta know who the Wind Dummy is.

I'm usually a meter smaller than anyone else and my older brother swears I
can plane off of a fart.


Wind Meters

Post by Randall Raine » Thu, 26 Feb 1998 04:00:00

Stop talking bad about me..........  I go out as soon as I get to the
beach.....  :-)


> Come to think of it, the absolute BEST windmeter is convincing your sailing
> buddy to rig up first, crawl into his cold wetsuit from the day before, and
> be the "Wind Dummy" <smile>.


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Wind Meters

Post by sailquik (Roger Jacks » Fri, 27 Feb 1998 04:00:00

>The Surf Rats usually rotate the "GP" just like we rotate the person who
>has to go save that guy/gal that's in way over their head.  But you've gotta
>know your "GP".  Many's the time I've been the "GP" and suckered people
>who didn't know me out on to the water, when they didn't have a prayer
>of planing.

>So know your "Wind Dummy".

If I had to guess, "GP" stands for "Guinea Pig", right.

Well, just be sure your "GP" "Wind Dummy" or whatever you chose to call
him/her is not on any one of the new "light air planing specific" boards.
I've noticed a whole bunch of people rigging, coming out on the water,
schlogging for a bit, and then sitting there on the beach watching as I go
by fully planed out, in the straps, rippin' fully planing jibes and almost
almost planing tacks, on the 305 Thommen. There are several different
brands of these boards, and they are expensive, but how much is it worth to
you to "DOUBLE" the amount of time you can spend fully planing??
We are talking 7.5-8 knots planing threshold on a 7.5m2 sail, and I'm in
the process of testing a number of sails that seem to indicate I can bring
that planing threshold down to just over 6 knots of  steady wind.
sailquik (Roger Jackson) US 3704 |Ph#in MD 301-872-9459
F2/North Sails/ True Ames/Rainbow|Ph#in NC 919-995-3204
US Sail Lvl 1 WS Instructor


Wind Meters

Post by Darren MacGillivra » Sun, 01 Mar 1998 04:00:00

I've had some experience with a wind meter and I have no complaints.
I had ordered it from some big windsurfing warehouse in Minnesoda.
It was one of the little DIGITAL handhelds with the roller impellor.  It
super.  I paid around 75 bucks US for it about 4 years ago.   I have alot
experience around the ocean and wind conditions and this little meter was
great for really getting a feel for learning wind speeds and it shows you
you can be fooled.   Without the wouldn't really have an
actual number to be comparing anything to.
I would buy one for learning how to read wind speeds.  But you may only
need it for a few years.  After I got the feel of putting an actual number
the wind without the meter....I didn't see a need for it.  So I sold it
for 1/2
it's value to an ultralight [airplane] user.
You can always sell them,  and I would highly recommend the little 1 ounce

digital one.




> On Thu, 19 Feb 1998 21:08:49 -0600, "Mark US4477"

> >Can anyone coment on usefulness of hand held wind instruments, brand
> >reliability, etc...

> IF you think it will help you figure what sail to rig, wrong answer.
> You will find it won't give you accurate readings of what is happening
> on the water. Some examples of what happens:

> Shore effect: the land has a tendency to bend the wind toward it. The
> wind on shore will be lighter.

> Hill effect: you stand on a shore on a steep incline to the water
> (sand dune is a good example) the wind will be compressed from the
> land shape and accelerate to get through.

> It just does: the wind nearly always blows harder in the center of the
> river or 100 yds off shore. Why do you think so many people sail close
> to shore to jibe?

> A buddy of mine had a nice wind odometer but we found it to be useless
> for predicting wind speeds on the water and relating it anyway to sail
> size. The best indicator is knowing the water  and watching for
> frequency of white caps, spray and wave size.