Storm Tactics Clinic
In this Storm Tactics Clinic you will learn
How to out run a storm
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When you're out there on the water and armed with significant Storm Tactics information, there won't be any question if you should have taken this $39 Storm Tactics Clinic. With about 4 hours of prudent study you'll learn the crucial information to save yourself, your crew and your vessel. Battening down the hatches even on a day sailing venture is NOT the time to be wishing you'd taken the time to be a SAFE and smart sailor. That time is now!
Register for Captain Ed Mapes NauticEd Storm Tactics Clinic now! Captain Mapes has tens of thousands of miles sailing the globe. He's been through the storms, he's out run them, he's surfed the giant waves in his sturdy sailboat "Voyager", he knows what to do and has given you here the best chance you'll have to save your life when you need it most. NauticEd stands by it's money back guarantee with this and all learn to sail clinics. If you don't think you gained life saving information out of the Storm Tactics Clinic, we'll simply refund your $39 investment.
Snap question! What's the best way to deal with a storm? Best Answer - DON'T. This Storm Tactics Clinic will first teach you how to get away from a storm. Understanding which direction to head when a storm is approaching is your best tactic. One direction will put you, your boat and your crew in harms way. The other will give you significantly reduced winds and lead to safety. But which way is the best direction in the northern hemisphere and which way is best in the southern hemisphere? That's called Storm Avoidance! It's called being a prudent captain!
Dealing with heavy weather, is much more pleasant if you've properly prepared. We have listed 19 things you should do BEFORE you encounter the storm. These are things that you can do now to properly prepare your vessel.
So you are caught in heavy weather and waves are washing over the deck. What's next? How should you steer the giant waves? Should you run with the waves, or reach into them? How do you rig the trysail? What is forereaching?
How do you deploy the sea anchor? What are the dangers of a sea anchor?
Attention - this is life or death information. Having this knowledge after a storm is too late. Learn it now, practice it when you're out, run the scenario's so it becomes second nature. Learn storm and sailing techniques now so you can live to sail another day!
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Excerpt from the course
Figure 10 illustrates the technique of steering while sailing in large waves upwind. The discussion below discusses this technique, but it also applies to downwind courses. The key is to sail the back of waves at the correct angle to avoid excess speed and yet to ensure that the boat can’t fall off the wave onto its beam.
Fore-reaching (driving the waves to windward)
Figure 10: Forereaching
Courtesy of Further Offshore ©
Forereaching is my preferred heavy weather tactic in severe situations This active guidance of the vessel upwind allows the boat to face the elements as it was designed to. Sailboats are constructed to head forward through the water, so coping with excess wind and waves from the bow is ideal in heavy weather conditions. Forereaching keeps the bow facing the elements, and is easier on the steering mechanism than scudding downwind.
The technique, as seen in Figure 10, is to head the bow up, or higher into the wind, as the boat ascends to a wave crest, and then to bear off and control the descent down the back of the wave. The sails are feathered into the wind as the boat nears a wave crest, where wind velocities are highest. Speed must be controlled as the boat traverses the back side of the wave into the trough, where we risk plowing the bow into the next wave. Care must also be taken not to bear off too much however, because the boat can fall off onto her beam. This up and down steering may sound complicated, but it’s a matter of getting a feel for the helm and the boat. After a short while, most helmspersons feel very comfortable. It’s wise to gain such confidence, because driving at night depends more on feel than it does on sight.
It is very important to understand that the technique for steering in Figure 10 applies either upwind or downwind. Feathering the to windward when approaching a wave crest is unnecessary when sailing downwind, since the wind is from behind the boat. The important point is to sail the proper angle down the wave crest.
Forereaching can be done with sails or the engine. If the engine is used, keep at least a deeply-reefed main or trysail up to lend lateral stability and motion control. In most boats I’ve sailed, it’s possible to balance the sail plan (discussed in the Sail Trim Clinic) so that the boat actually steers itself on a close reach, which this is. Another advantage of this technique is that the storm conditions pass sooner than when running along with the storm, thus decreasing exposure of the boat and crew.
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