Vent d'est at l'Almanarre is generally steadier. Mistral can be very strong but with large lulls and all of a sudden you have like nothing in your sail. Not a big issue if you're up and planing but quite annoying when you're struggling in the shore break. Swimming away is a good trick but then you need enough drive to start otherwise you're rolled back to the beach (I'm sure many of us made this horrible experience). So the first thing is to be well powered. Certainly 4,7 mē or less would be OK in a steady 30 Knts but Enrico's description suggests that the sail wasn't big enough, or too flat.
Last edited by Farlo; 7th January 2010 at 05:16 PM.