With autumn comes the wind - strong, sometimes even stormy. However, if the skipper and crew are well prepared, even a trip beyond the 6 Beaufort mark becomes an experience. We show how to do it.
Most coastal sailors are spared from storm voyages. Warned of good weather forecasts, stay in port when the going gets tough. But what to do if you don't have the time to wait and watch a storm pass in the harbor? How do you react when you're on the high seas between two continents?
Then only good preparation helps. In doing so, rules regarding clearing on deck as well as below deck must be adhered to. There are also psychological issues that the skipper and crew have to consider. Because often the fear of the storm leads to serious problems, seasickness and wrong actions.
In addition, skippers who are in sea areas where severe weather can be expected should know how to insure their ship. There is also information on this in the 18-page heavy weather special.
You can find it in the new YACHT, issue 20/2008, from Wednesday 17th September at the kiosk.