1. Sunday series races
2. Optimist training and racing
3. Youths on Boats activities
4. Summer Wednesday evenings
6. General cruising.
|| Appearance of Wind Effects
On the Water
|| Appearance On Land
||Less than 1
||Sea surface smooth and mirror-like
||Calm, smoke rises vertically
||Scaly ripples, no foam crests
||Smoke drift indicates wind direction, still wind vanes
||Small wavelets, crests glassy, no breaking
||Wind felt on face, leaves rustle, vanes begin to move
||Large wavelets, crests begin to break, scattered whitecaps
||Leaves and small twigs constantly moving, light flags extended
||Small waves 1-4 ft. becoming longer, numerous whitecaps
||Dust, leaves, and loose paper lifted, small tree branches move
||Moderate waves 4-8 ft taking longer form, many whitecaps, some spray
||Small trees in leaf begin to sway
||Larger waves 8-13 ft, whitecaps common, more spray
||Larger tree branches moving, whistling in wires
||Sea heaps up, waves 13-20 ft, white foam streaks off breakers
||Whole trees moving, resistance felt walking against wind
||Moderately high (13-20 ft) waves of greater length, edges of crests begin to break into spindrift, foam blown in streaks
||Whole trees in motion, resistance felt walking against wind
||High waves (20 ft), sea begins to roll, dense streaks of foam, spray may reduce visibility
||Slight structural damage occurs, slate blows off roofs
||Very high waves (20-30 ft) with overhanging crests, sea white with densely blown foam, heavy rolling, lowered visibility
||Seldom experienced on land, trees broken or uprooted, "considerable structural damage"
||Exceptionally high (30-45 ft) waves, foam patches cover sea, visibility more reduced
||Air filled with foam, waves over 45 ft, sea completely white with driving spray, visibility greatly reduced
Why the weather is important
As a dinghy sailor you soon learn that knowing the direction and strength of the wind is vital to becoming a good sailor. For many boats there are adjustments that can be made, some before you go afloat and some you make on the move, that are needed to get the most from your class of dinghy. Each class has its own foibles, and most have guides for setting up your boat.
In the early stages of your sailing you seek moderate wind strengths. Sufficient to get you moving, not enough to cause you problems. Ideally a Force 2 (4 to 6 knots) of breeze. However, anything on the Force 1 to 3 range (1 knot to 10 knots) will do.
So here are some weather resources to help you decide what this weekend is likely to be.
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