Can windsurf cross aegean sea with island hopping

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  1. mustafaumu sarac
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    I am an adventurer looking for fun ideas. I am thinking travel in agean sea island to island and want to learn was windsurf is suitable for open sea ? What is average windsurf speed ? I found a school near to home which is closed now and will learn windsurfing there next summer.
    Windsurf boards fanatic 165 liters is around 300 dollars and damn cheap. I dont know the sail and mast but total is lot cheaper than extremelly bad constructed sail boat.

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  2. bajansailor
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    Umut, before you even start to think about voyaging across the Aegean on a windsurfer, go and do a beginner's training course at a sailing school next summer.
    It is not as easy as it might initially appear.
    Yes, windsurfers can sail fast - if you have a good board and rig, and know what you are doing.
    Yes, they are 'relatively' cheap to buy second hand, even when compared to a very badly constructed sailboat.
    However, if you do not know what you are doing, and you are not very proficient / experienced at windsurfing, then your cheap secondhand windsurfer will kill you much faster than that badly constructed sailboat if you take it 'offshore'.
     
  3. kapnD
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    Windsurfers are cheap because they are outdated technology.
    Kites and foils now rule that market niche.
    Your ability and stamina dictate the parameters, as well as board shape and sail configuration, so you must have the knowledge to make intelligent selection of gear for intended use and conditions.
    Enjoy your class!
     
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    There are old seafarers, and there are bold seafarers, but a shortage of old and bold seafarers ! :eek:
     
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    The Etesian winds could make for a difficult transit.
     
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    Remember Mustafu?
    He’s the guy that wanted to cross the Aegean in a fully enclosed canoe (coffin?).
    I wonder if there are favorable prevailing winds, or is there something else blowing him across the sea?
    All that aside, I much prefer the windsurfer idea . Visibility and control are very good from a windsurfer, though care should be taken to avoid mast/sail materials that might be radar reflective.
     
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    You would need extreme core strength. If you became separated from the board; you would perish.

    If you were unable to get enough wind for a period; also trouble.

    If you ran out of water for the trip going too long; you perish.

    There are a lot of ways to die with this plan. You would need to mitigate all of those.

    Maybe put a paddle on deck. Some way to make water.
     
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    BlueBell Ahhhhh...

    Absolutely yes.
    Yes, yes, yes it can be done and you can do it.
    As soon as you take that beginner class.

    I love how he posts and then disappears.
     
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    FWIW there have been SUP's in the RtoA and the Everglades Challenge so.....<shrug>
     
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    The funny thing is that he started the thread by " I am an adventurer". Adventurers just do it.
     
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    Nothing about his posts are humorous. He is trying to escape oppression of some sort and wants to flee Turkey for Greece by sea.
     
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    I doubt it. If one wanted to flee Turkey there are simpler and cheaper ways. Take the bus to the greek or bulgarian border and just walk across.

    He wants to get on the water "cheap" and does not understand that "cheap" means "less expensive" not "free".
     
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  15. gonzo
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    He would be an illegal immigrant in Greece with little or no chances of work. If he wants to enter the EU illegally, walking is much simpler and easier.
     
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