Sailing Experts Caution Sailors Going Out in High Winds

Recent high water levels and high winds are a risk to those on and off shore.

The Great Lakes Sailing Company says high winds can be great weather for experienced sailors but beginners should stay home when things look rocky.

Northern winds are especially powerful and can even capsize a sailboat.

No matter what your ability on the water you have to be vigilant because this kind of weather can change really quickly.

“Wind direction is as important as wind strength,” said Great Lakes Sailing Company owner Dave Conrad. “Look at the gusts and not the steady winds, the gusts are what’s really going to keep you on your toes.”

Water temperatures are still extremely cold and dangerous. Life jackets and personal floating devices are a must out on the water to avoid shock if you enter the water.