Storm Tactics

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Battle Testing a Jordan-Designed Series Drogue

Some of us write about extreme heavy weather survival at sea based on a few experiences accumulated over decades, combined with not a little guesswork and conjecture. And then there's Trevor. Few offshore sailors have even one-tenth the first-hand survival storm experience that Trevor shares in this article.

Anyone who goes to sea needs to read every word in this chapter with great care and attention.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 17 of 17

Jordan Series Drogue Durability Problems

There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan's research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours' use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.

Members' Online Book: Lessons from Losses at Sea, Chapter 2 of 5

Loss of Yacht “Tao”

Analysis of the abandonment of the French yacht "Tao". The disaster started with a capsize, as yacht losses so often do. And while researching the weather at the time, I discovered something interesting...

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 15 of 17

Real Life Storm Survival Story

Theory is great to learn from but real world experience is always better. In this chapter I relate an email interview we conducted with a reader who survived a killer storm south of New Zealand using some of the techniques that I have discussed in this book. It's a long chapter, but read it carefully because doing so and acting on the information could save your life.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 14 of 17

Storm Survival Secret Weapon: Your Engine

One of our most useful tools in dealing with heavy weather at sea is our engine and in this chapter I relate how we used ours to good effect in a nasty lee shore situation. But the sad truth is that in many cases a yacht's engine is disabled by heavy weather making it useless at the very time that the crew need it most, so I go on to share some solid suggestions of things you can do to storm proof your engine.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 13 of 17

Surviving A Lee Shore

In the previous chapters we have talked about heaving-to and various drag devices, but none of that is going to help us if we are caught on a lee shore. In this chapter I write about when that exact scenario happened to me and what we have done to prepare ourselves and our boat should it ever happen to us again.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 12 of 17

Storm Tactics, Learning From The Best

Continuing on with the theme of learning from the best that we started in the last chapter, this chapter is about the many things we learned from Tony and Coryn Gooch about storm survival and drogue retrieval—they know what they are talking about after decades of voyaging in some of the toughest parts of the world's oceans and Tony's single handed non-stop circumnavigation.

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