Meteorology – Tropical Revolving Storms

Tropical Revolving Storms are not something you want to encounter when you are in a yacht. Thankfully they typically form only in special conditions, or seasons, so sailors can attempt to avoid them by sailing away from the areas where they form over those particular months. Cyclones in the South Pacific, Hurricanes in America and…

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…

When do you call off the race?

It was a stunning still winter’s morning. Once the frost melted, the day warmed up nicely. Not a breath of wind, and clear bright blue skies for as far as the eye could see. We are mid way through the winter series, which for the last three Sunday’s has involved floating around the harbour at…

Storm

Poor Christchurch has taken a big beating by a huge storm which has raged for the last 3 days. I have never seen anything like it! The Lyttelton Port Company weather page on their website recorded 69kts yesterday, and it hasn’t dropped below 20kts. It is pouring with rain and the yachts are taking a…

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 still…