Perhaps it was a gale by definition, but I've certainly sailed in heavier wind. The forecast was for 40-60, had me up the night before in anticipation. What it turned out to be was 30-40, very gusty 4.5 conditions. No complaints though, especially as I've nailed a new venue just north of the shop at Delmarva Board Sport Adventures here on Fenwick Island.
Perfect venue for W and WNW conditions
the stronger the better
Fabulous fetch with great rollers....
windier than it looks
but no complaints
Beautiful grassy area for rigging
Stoked for sure.