Thread: Beaufort Scale
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Old 5th July 2011, 11:46 PM   #14
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Ken, you may be surprised but km/h or m/s don't make sense here in France. Between windsurfers we rather talk knots and sometimes Beaufort. This scale is interesting because its captures wind variations to some extend. Now it may not match the conditions of the day. When the wind is very gusty average/max speed in knots is more representative. From the beach I always try to figure wind speed in knots and pick my sail accordingly. Then how do you measure knots without a rope or anemometer? I guess it comes with practice (and many errors).
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