Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 14 of 16

Storm Survival Secret Weapon: Your Engine


In the last chapter I wrote about the storm I got caught in 20 years ago with Cape Hatteras under our lee. One of the key ingredients to our recipe for successfully weathering the storm was our engine as, without the engine ticking over, the helmsperson would never have been able to keep the boat close to the wind and slowly jogging ahead while I and two other crew struggled to set the trysail.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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