Preparing for a Storm

I went to an interesting talk the other night at the Little Ship Club. David & Jackie Peers were talking about their experience in the Philippines when they were in the direct path of Typhoon Haiyan. Their advice – if you are in a port – get off the boat. There is very little you…

Heaving To

Heaving to is a strategy for riding out a storm. Thrashing to windward while going nowhere can be hard on the boat, gear and crew. The trick is to get the yacht to lay around 45 degrees in to the wind and sea. Be aware however that you will make leeway downwind so you will…

Heavy Weather Tactics

Living in the South Island of New Zealand means that we get our fair share of dirty weather tracking up the country so I have got a ┬áhealthy respect for Mother Nature and her power having been caught out in a storm or two while out sailing. And many more occasions I have spent sitting…