By Peter Bruce
The seamanship vintage you'll have on-board whilst crusing in tough weather
Adlard Coles' Heavy climate Sailing provide you with professional recommendation for if you happen to enterprise out of sight of land, no matter if for racing or cruising. It supplies a transparent message of seamanlike layout good points, arrangements, and strategies so that you can think about opposed to the time while it comes directly to blow. It contains new how-to chapters on typhoon sails, taking defend, and coping with multihulls in storms, plus exciting new debts of exact typhoon encounters.
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Extra resources for Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing (6th Edition)
Winds of at least 60 knots over a period of 6 hours blowing in the opposite direction to the Aghulas Current created seas which caused three yachts to sink and the Lavranos 2-tonner Sensation to be wrecked on the coast. One of the yachts that sank, Rubicon, was lost without trace. Three yachts experienced 360° rolls. For example, in the case of Spiffero, a Dufour 34, the 360° roll dismasted the boat, and the deck-stowed liferaft, the engine and battery became detached from their mountings. The liferaft was lost and when the wreckage had been cleared away the yacht was rolled through 360° for a second time.
THE INFLUENCE OF HEAVY WEATHER ON YACHT DESIGN 39 The stiffness of the Swan prevented us from ever being knocked beyond 45° and it seems that the boats that got into difficulty were generally of lighter construction than Aera. Even so, we were unable to maintain the rhumb line course safely at the peak times of the storm. Many yachts were knocked down by seas on their beam. 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.
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. Finally, Aera’s crew was very experienced with over a hundred races of similar length between us and many of these races had been on the same boat. Familiarity with each other and the boat was another important factor. Some interesting comparisons can be made from these three accounts.
Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing (6th Edition) by Peter Bruce