RE: Sun at Coyote

From: Stephen Hiley (
Date: Tue Sep 01 1998 - 13:53:45 PDT

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Subject: RE: Sun at Coyote
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 13:53:45 -0700
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Funny you should bring up Sunday at Coyote...

I arrived there a little after 3 to find many sailors on and off the
water, with sails rigged in the 5.0-5.5 range. Not feeling much wind, I
checked out the pager which was reading 19knots. Feeling optimistic and
figuring that the reading must be getting its data from outside, I
rigged up my 5.3 MPR with my trusty 9'1" Screamer (floats with some care
at my 190#). I begin heading out in super shlog mode. I figure I just
have to suck it up until I get to the wind line. So I shlog out some
more, and some more. Thinking I spotted a windline, I go further --
nothing. Winds may have approached 18 in gusts outside, but mainly
hovering around 10-15. Frustrated and worn, I tack upwind a bit to
recover the ground lost by the current, and shlog back in. Back at the
car, I check the pager once more -- 20knots! with history showing about
the same. Get out-a-town! I've read all the discussions about the
pager understating wind speeds, but over-stating??? Has anyone noticed
this type of behavior before? I've sailed in 20knots enough to know
what feels like, and this wasn't it!

Just curious if anyone can explain these seemingly high readings, or if
something was just off on the sensor, or possibly a cruel joke.

As a happy footnote, I re-rigged to a bigger race sail and fin and had
some fun toward the end of the day (I think it picked up a bit). Passed
by a bunch of sailors not fairing as well on their wavy 5.x's,
apparently fooled as well.


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> Subject: Sun at Coyote
> The family wanted to go someplace where grandma could
> play with Johanna "out of that darn wind that you love so
> much" . Since it was one of the few places blowing,
> Coyote was the call.
> Got there at 2, looked really windy. Rigged 5.7/8'8"(207#) for
> me and 5.2/8'5" for Joani. Got to the channel ok and had fun
> for about an hour. At 3:30, I started to be a lot less powered
> so we headed back in. Getting back was a bitch as the wind
> was not filled in to the beach. Joani proclaimed about 1/2
> from the beach - "slogging really sucks!" words of wisdom
> from an attractive woman.......
> Joani proceeded to go out on 5.7/9'4" and was "VERY" powered
> for 3 hours. She came back proclaiming - "hey, Coyote is
> ok. I guess I do like this place". She ripped. I was proud.
> I went out at 6pm on the same setup, 5/7/9'4", and was nicely
> powered in the channel. Sailed until the sun set in the sea of
> fog. Planed back to the beach. Cold beer tasted very good on
> a breezy Sunday evening.

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