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  Apparent Speed is Relative
  Posted by: oakflowers on Oct-19-13 2:20 PM (EST)
 

Factors that you observe are relative but not absolute.
As others have mentioned the airspeed when going down appears slower. However, the water movement tends to be also downwind too. The wind pushes the surface water down wind. This makes your speed relative the water seem seem slower than your speed relative to the shore.

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