By Hal Roth
The definitive consultant to a serious, hotly debated subject How should still a sailor take care of storms at sea? a few recommend heaving-to, others working off. a few say path a sea anchor over the bow, others a drogue astern. The stakes within the dialogue couldn’t be larger, or the consensus reduce. eventually, preeminent sailor/author Hal Roth deals a pragmatic process that can evolve and reply as storms develop more suitable.
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Then all the water ran out and the different boats were in the mud, some on their sides. The dumbbells were on the harbor ﬂoor, picking up ﬁsh. The smart people were running for the hills. I checked my anchor and then took off to high ground. ” By chance I visited Hilo, Hawaii, a few weeks after the same Chilean tsunami had struck the islands. Hilo had been the worst hit and had suffered waves up to 35 feet, which destroyed the waterfront. I remember being impressed by a long row of parking meters that were all twisted and bent and knocked ﬂat.
Like the trysail bag, the staysail bag needs half a dozen grommets pressed into its bottom so water can drain out. The staysail is often a good choice for stormy weather. It’s also extremely handy in light going when navigating around islands and close to shore. The small sail is easy to pull across when you’re tacking, yet it keeps the boat going and is easy to back if you want to pivot the yacht quickly. There are deﬁnite advantages to a ketch, yawl, or schooner rig in heavy weather because it’s possible to set more small sails that can be added or subtracted.
I decided not to use the engine while we had our hands full with the strong wind and sail problems. What to do? The wind seemed gustier than ever. Margaret steered into the bay proper where there was more room. By now the ﬂogging of the sail was terrible. We quickly dropped the mainsail and anchored. As we swung into the wind the headsail continued to bang and ﬂog. The clew would have beheaded anyone on the foredeck. Finally I came to my senses. I let the furling line go, put one of the sheets on a winch, and cranked in a little tension.