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    Posted: 05 May 22 at 10:43pm
Just curious from another thread.  I grew up sailing on the sea and thought of lake sailing as an inferior thing. Now after 25 years of being inland I much prefer the absence of sand, salt, tide etc and donít care to sail on the coast at all.

So, which do you prefer?
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I sometimes get concerned sailing on the sea, realise I have over reached my ability, same with kayaking on the sea, enjoy it though.
Sailing Inland provides more variety, you can go from Rutland water to The Nead (about three acres), to rivers. Trees to provide a nice wind shadow, current on a river and tide if it is tidal, safer and nearer for inland dwellers.
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Inland all the way. But I think it links to the what. On a high speed dinghy where you can blast then I see the appeal of saltiness. For close competition in shifty conditions inland is just far more interesting. On the see they just use lots of room and a mile plus beat holds no appeal and just a test of fitness. Coastal sailors go on about the challenge of tides, far easier and more predictable than the irrational nature of wind around geographic features.
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 Inland all the way for me too. Tink and 423zero have summed up my thoughts on the subject perfectly . Smile

432zero just wondering were The Nead is ? I sail at L.S.S.C and I didnít realise anyone sailed on anything any smaller than that . Wink Smile


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Neptune Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 May 22 at 6:46am
I presume some of you havenít raced at stokes bay in a northerly if you think sea sailing canít be shifty, or surfed down waves in Torbay, while inland is great challenge, the sea has is pretty damn awesome play to sail too
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Grumpy cat, it's 'The Sneyd', never noticed autocorrect had stamped its version, it's In Bloxwich nr Walsall, gone now, but you could fly over using Google earth. Everything still there, M6 motorway embankment one side, council housing back gardens down the other, really challenging.
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It's hard to compare the two as there is so much variety in each. 

A lot of my sea sailing is still on enclosed waters (Weymouth, Chichester harbour, solent). I would say these venues are typically a little less shifty than the larger inland lakes, but in the right direction there is some over lap. 

The sand certainly does get annoying on the sea, but my kit doesn't stink like pond / goose sh*t. 

The thing I miss most about sailing inland is launching doesn't require hefting the boat up a long beach at low tide. I also liked that you always knew you would race, pretty much whatever the wind. I can't really remember a race being cancelled, except maybe for ice. 

On the sea, even within the harbour you do lose far more races as with tide there is a decent chance it just isn't possible to get a boat around a course. And being more exposed those 20 knot days inland tend to be 25-35 on the sea. 

One thing I do love about the sea is sea breezes. There is pretty much always a decent hiking breeze in the afternoon throughout the summer. Whereas inland sometimes it would feel as if I hadn't used a toe strap between April and September. 
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I gave up doing sea events because I was bored with salt water clothes, sand everywhere and long trips out to the race course.
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our coastal club wintered on a small pond this year, i really enjoyed the nip and tuck of shifty winds, i think it has also improved my boat handling. With lots of boats in a confined space it exposed the sketchyness of rule knowledge for some sailors, esp for mark rounding etc'

mainly i enjoyed not having to lug the boat 100's of yards up the beach after sailing.

that said a decent offwind leg, with the swell / surf helping is awesome

so I'd vote for both!!


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Originally posted by sawman

our coastal club wintered on a small pond this year, i really enjoyed the nip and tuck of shifty winds, i think it has also improved my boat handling. With lots of boats in a confined space it exposed the sketchyness of rule knowledge for some sailors, esp for mark rounding etc'

mainly i enjoyed not having to lug the boat 100's of yards up the beach after sailing.

that said a decent offwind leg, with the swell / surf helping is awesome

so I'd vote for both!!

Steady on , coming on here giving balanced views on stuff  Wink . What has happened to this forum  LOL
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