It's been fabulous.
4 downwinders in 4 days. All West wind. All Pt. Betsie to Platte. 9m every day. Strapless.
Big Saturday was ShoppingCart, Farly, Sunset, and me. Those guys have windsurfed for 20 to 30 years each. So when they said it was THE biggest day they had ridden, it confirmed what I thought.
Massive, massive waves. When the Three Sisters would meet, a void was in front of the wave that added to the overall height. These things were the size of my house. HUGE. Maybe I'd back off of 20+
, but maybe not
Ocean swell is usually measured differently. Anderson, I agree. 100%
In 2001, I sailed through Hurricane Olga in the mid Atlantic. Waves were 18'-20'. This meant that when we were sailing our 44' Ketch, there was 20' of wave behind us and 20' ahead of us to the peak. They were nearly the height of the main mast. It was 40kts, yet silent in between the beasts.
In the Great Lakes, we measure differently. At least, I do. Every sailor I know does. My pals who are mates on Great Lakes freighters do. NOAA does.
But what do I know? I am just a guy weighing 16 stone, whose house sits on .2 hectares approximately 54 kilometers from my favorite launch.
By the way, today was only head high.... I am 183cm tall.