By Peter Bruce
The seamanship vintage you'll have on-board whilst crusing in tough weather
Adlard Coles' Heavy climate Sailing offers you specialist recommendation for if you enterprise out of sight of land, no matter if for racing or cruising. It supplies a transparent message of seamanlike layout positive factors, arrangements, and strategies for you to think about opposed to the time whilst it comes directly to blow. It contains new how-to chapters on hurricane sails, taking look after, and handling multihulls in storms, plus exciting new money owed of tangible typhoon encounters.
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Harnesses held the crewmen on deck, and after the mast had been secured the yacht set off under power for shelter at Gabo Island. Some hours later another large breaking wave turned the boat over and she remained upside down for a period of five or six minutes. While the boat was inverted the owner-skipper suffered a fatal heart attack, and a crewman on deck was drowned through being unable to detach his safety harness in the same circumstances, probably, as when Taka capsized in the Japan–Guam Race of 1991.
For example, Loki, a Swan 44 of similar design to Aera, tried to sail the rhumb line course but was knocked down beyond 90°, suffering a broken coachroof window that caused her to retire. However, I believe there were other factors that allowed us to finish the race. Firstly, many yachts’ storm jibs were too large for the conditions. Secondly, a very large number of yachts suffered gear failure. Aera was extremely carefully prepared by her regular crew and suffered no gear failure at all. It is worth mentioning that a small failure often leads to other problems, so the greatest attention to detail before the start of the race is vital.
With just the trysail up we could not tack so had to gybe which we felt was particularly hazardous. A wave breaking over the boat would fill the cockpit entirely and the storm boards were very necessary to keep water out of the cabin. The four cockpit drains are just about on the waterline when the cockpit is full and it takes an age to empty. Having a small swimming pool at the back of the boat tends to slow us down too. Modestly, Alex Whitworth says that he suspects that Berrimilla was behind the worst of the storm and was quite lucky not to get rolled.
Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing (6th Edition) by Peter Bruce