Features March 2014 Issue

Wind Sensor Testing

Part one: Sensing how hard and which way the wind blows

For better or for worse, the modern cruising sailor is becoming more like an airplane pilot. Safely ensconced out of the wind, the helmsman relies on instrumentation to provide him with information about our environment. Should he bear off for more speed, set the screecher, or tuck in a reef? Increasingly, we’re seeking these answers in digital display rather than strips of yarn in the rigging and the hair on the back of our neck.

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