happy Groundhog’s Day!
[no, I haven’t forgotten how to write in English.]
this is a post about a neat gizmo for measuring wind speed using a smart phone. there are often times when I’m standing on the beach, thinking about – or getting ready to go out sailing my Sunfish, and I’ve wondered what the wind speed currently is. I’m not well versed enough in the Beaufort wind scale to estimate wind speeds accurately myself, so gadgets that do it for me are always appealing.
I currently have an app on my iPhone called Wind Meter – which is pretty neat, but I’m always skeptical that my case might interfere with the results, or just that the speaker/microphone on the iPhone is partially blocked by dust, etc.
and there are certainly dedicated wind meters, often used by sailing race committees – but that’s another piece of equipment to deal with.
I posted about the Vaavud previously, but here is another promotional video for the latest Vaavud model, the Sleipnir, that now measures both wind speed and direction. the red model (with 2 cups) is the older model, the Sleipnir is the grey/black model, updated to measure wind direction as well as wind speed.
I’m not getting anything for posting this, nothing free, no extra discount – just thought I’d share a neat product with other sailors. but as an extra bonus this week, both of the Vaavud wind meters are on sale for 35% off… so maybe it’s a perfect time to get a Christmas gift for that sailor in your life!
oof! Laser sailing looks too risky.
save a Laser sail, go sail a Sunfish instead!
laser pic is via @secretsailing
Sunfish pic is me!