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sundowner



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: To all you cape sailors Reply with quote

I'm spending April on the cape down in Woods Hole, what sails do you boys use the most?
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scooper



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In April you can get almost anything on the Cape. 6.2 and 5.2 are probably my most used sails then, followed by 6.8 and 4.2. I might even use my 3.5 if we get a big storm. There are sure to be some light wind days/ big sails. My biggest is 6.8 but there will be lots of days when it takes a much bigger sail to plane, if you're into that.

Some reports and pictures from the Cape are on my blog, with listings of wind strength etc. just skip the boring details.

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speedysailor



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big are you? Do you really think that all people use the same size in the same conditions? As Scooper stated, though, you can have some of the widest variations in wind speeds during April on the Cape. It doesn't nuke quite like late October or November, but it can blow. Last spring we had an unusual number of N.E. winds, but S.W. is the norm.
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sundowner



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I didn't clarify... 6ft and 180 pounds, pretty standard.
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speedysailor



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sundowner wrote:
Sorry I didn't clarify... 6ft and 180 pounds, pretty standard.
Actually, that's big for a windsurfer. You could be using anything from 4.5 to 8.0 in April.
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sundowner



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To press the topic even further, what sized boards? How would a 120 liter board coupled with a 5.0 (or 5.3) and a 6.5 fair? At least 80% of windy days sail able? That last 20% would be nukin sub 5.0 conditions that I may tempted to just rent a low liter board and small sail for.
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speedysailor



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last spring wasn't as windy as it has been in the past. 120 liter can be a good compromise, but at times it may be too big. Last year it would have been great.
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