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Posts Tagged Measuring Wind Direction

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour, is that important time between the dock start and the gun. Leave early enough to get in an hour of serious sailing before the start. Sailing out Organize. Head in the game. Throw some tacks to get everything working right. Confirm your assumptions about

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Why Bother with Paddles

Why Bother with Paddles

Why not use GPS instead? Why bother with paddles? After all, why go to all the bother and expense of installing paddlewheels and a compass when you could just use a GPS. GPS provides the same information (not actually – keep reading) at a tenth the price

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Measuring Wind Direction: What is Upwash?

Measuring Wind Direction: What is Upwash?

Here’s a term that is bandied about in measuring Wind Direction, but is commonly misunderstood: upwash. Many people think they understand what it is, but are wrong by 90 degrees. What do I mean by that? Most people hear the term upwash and take it for face

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Measuring Wind, and Understanding Wind Shear

Measuring Wind, and Understanding Wind Shear

Understanding wind shear and gradient Wind shear… it’s that mysterious quality of the wind that can make or break your strategy in a race. Many people measuring wind refuse to believe in the existence of wind shear, never mind its effects on sail trim. Much has been

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