Introduction—We Need A System

Welcome to our Heavy Weather Tactics Online Book.

In the coming chapters I will write about storm survival gear, but not just gear. Just buying gear will not make us safe at sea. How we install that gear, practice using it, and how and when we deploy it, is as at least as important.

So let's start with some thoughts on why preparation before we are offshore in a gale is so important.

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 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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