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We sail (my wife and I, double handed) in the Netherlands, mainly on the IJsselmeer and Waddenzee, so it’s all relatively sheltered except some points near the Islands in the Waddenzee.
Our experience is that it works relatively smooth up to including force 5, taking the normal precautions (reducing sail etc.). With a more downwind course we regularly sailed with Force 6, although we are then looking for shelter after a few hours, since it is not very smooth anymore on these big lakes…
We stay in the harbor with 7 or more, and we don’t try for instance the Stortemelk next to Vlieland with 5 or more.
But I must admit we’re relatively cautious of course…
Warm regards from the Netherlands!