: Thank you Nick, that helps giving me an idea of my skills, by
: comparing my experiences in windy conditions with your scale.
: Makes me feel better about my rough weather skills (:-)).
: One time we were on the Hudson River in a Near Gale tailwind
: gusting over 40 MPH, with spindrifts.
: Struggled to keep from broaching in my Aquanaut, but managed to
: avoid capsize.
If you are struggling to keep from broaching you are probably at the edge of your abilities. The question you need to ask yourself is not: "can I go out in this without capsizing?", instead it should be: "If I get in trouble, can I take rescue myself?" It is how capable you are at dealing with the situation after you make a mistake that determines how ready you are to go out in the conditions.
Many people can stay upright a long time in conditions where they are unable to rescue themselves. This experience can give them the feeling that their skills are equal to the conditions. It is in the nature of emergencies that they are rare and come unexpectedly. Not intending to go in the water is typically the plan of people who need rescue. Generally things go pretty well, the trick is to be ready when they go bad. It is not enough to be able stay out of difficulty when dealing with difficult conditions, to be safe you should be able to get out if things should get worse.
What you want to do is practice some of the skills needed for those bad times in controlled manner so when you do broach and capsize in 40 mph winds, you know that your rescue techniques still work. A controlled situation is one where if you make a mistake you end up some place safer than where you are playing.
The Connyak BBS