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kookymonster



Joined: 06 Jul 2012
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your suggestions. I think I'll head out to what I think is a fairly wind-protected launch and make a decision once I get there. I've been pounded while surfing in freezing, big, and drifty conditions (for me) enough to know that mother nature can dole out a serious, unrelenting beating, so I'll probably err on the side of caution this time. Next time, though...
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inarchetype



Joined: 01 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

slinky wrote:
Molasses is sweet, and no one has ever drowned in it Wink


just sayin'...
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bred2shred



Joined: 02 May 2000
Posts: 660
Location: Jersey Shore

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure where you're located, but the forecast for Jersey for Saturday is 25-35 gusts to 40 and a high temp of 39F. If you plan to "sail" anywhere that is calling for conditions close to these, I say good luck. Based on your skill set, you're going to be spending a lot of time in some very cold water.

While I agree that pushing your limits is essential to developing your sailing skills, going out in a winter gale with marginal beginner skills is not going to turn out well or help you progress. If you do decide to sail, please do us all a favor and sail with other sailors and from a launch with onshore wind and wear adequate insulation.

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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bred2shred wrote:
going out in a winter gale with marginal beginner skills is not going to turn out well or help you progress.

I agree 100%. I've done winter gales in ice water before I could jibe -- i.e., I fell every turn -- but I was very experienced in extreme winds, was wearing full dry gear from my scalp to my toes, could waterstart in my sleep, and was on appropriately sized board and sail. You want your envelope pushed, not shoved up your frozen butt.

Mike \m/
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wsurfer



Joined: 17 Aug 2000
Posts: 80

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You really need to learn to water start and get in the straps.
Regardless of how good a swimmer you are you need to learn self rescue. Tearing down the rig in the water and staying with your floatation device (your board) is key especially in cold water. If you are dehydrated and cold you will get tired quickly.
Weight is important. I'm a heavy guy and will fly when it's really windy and be able to sheet out to lose some power. Lighter sailers generally need to be more agile to handle those conditions.
GL and stay safe.
"The only way to know your limits is to exceed them".
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swmckay



Joined: 16 Jun 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

slinky wrote:
Molasses is sweet, and no one has ever drowned in it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster
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slinky



Joined: 24 Aug 2007
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Location: Old Saybrook Ct.

PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I'll be dipped in molasses ! Looks like I'm wrong again. Who would have ever thought Rolling Eyes Plenty windy here yesterday afternoon at knollwood beach 30 gusting 42mph. Today looks like more of the same. Too cold for me though and at 150 lbs an 85 L . wave board and 4.2 sail are a handfull.
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