For the first time I raised ‘Minnow’s’ sail, and I was pleased with the set. The sail may be undersized, but that will mean less reefing, and think there will be ample sail to drive the boat in the sort of conditions I usually encounter off the South Coast.
Small yachts and dinghies are often designed for optimum performance at Beaufort Wind Scale 3, i.e., a wind speed of between 8 and 12 mph. The average summer wind speeds adjacent to the southern coasts of England are generally higher, perhaps Force 4 to 5.
Depending on the direction of travel in relation to the wind, ‘Minnow’ should be able to cope pretty well.
At Force 6, with winds between 25 and 30 mph, sailing will be more demanding. Getting to windward will be more difficult. If ‘Minnow’ is anything like my old Paradox, I’ll have to sail her a bit free. Much will depend upon the sea state.
Running and broad reaching will not be a problem, but if there’s a Force 7, i.e., 31 to 38 mph, I will not want to be there. However, with plenty of sea room she should be OK.
‘Minnow’s’ previous owner gave me a sea anchor (parachute type). However, I have no experience with them, and I don’t ever want to be in a situation where I would seriously consider deploying one.