By Peter Bruce
The seamanship vintage you will have on-board whilst crusing in tough weather
Adlard Coles' Heavy climate Sailing offers you specialist suggestion for for those who enterprise out of sight of land, no matter if for racing or cruising. It provides a transparent message of seamanlike layout positive aspects, arrangements, and strategies so that you can contemplate opposed to the time whilst it comes directly to blow. It comprises new how-to chapters on typhoon sails, taking look after, and dealing with multihulls in storms, plus exciting new debts of exact typhoon encounters.
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The wind continued to build and was too much even for the storm jib, so we peeled to the storm staysail, maintaining our course and 10–11 knots. The wind strengthened to 70 knots for a period of two hours with gusts to 75 or 80 knots. Fifteen per cent of the surface was breaking and the wind was blowing the top off every wave. As a result there were long streaks of wind-blown water joining one crest to the next. The sea looked as if it was covered in a layer of smoke. Wavelength was about 100m (330ft) and the waves were not long-crested as one might expect, but diamond-shaped.
At about 1530 in the afternoon the boat broached and was knocked flat with the mast in the water. The boat righted herself immediately. We then put out two warps about 20 fathoms each, tied at the ends so as to form a bight, and made off at first the primary and then the secondary winches. The wind was now gusting over the maximum of 60 knots shown by our Brookes & Gatehouse wind speed indicator. By this stage I had no choice but to bring in the headsail and run under bare poles. In these conditions the boat was still making 5 to 6 knots, but the motion was relatively comfortable and the Hydrovane self-steering was able to keep our course with the wind 15 to 20° off our port quarter.
None of this work is referenced in the report, however, and the Japanese researchers have undertaken their own experimental study of breaking wave capsize. Their experimental technique was very similar THE INFLUENCE OF HEAVY WEATHER ON YACHT DESIGN 33 to that used by the Wolfson Unit, and their results and conclusions reinforce the findings of the work done previously. 5ft) overall, and a traditional long-keeled cruising yacht of 9m (29ft 6in). The first had a range of stability of 120° and the latter a range of 165°, both of which are typical for such types.