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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Presently in Brisbane, Australia
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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...
In conditions like that my boat does well with no main and a partially furled heady. Last year about 2am Sunday the 27th May 2012, when going past the Percy Islands south east of Mackay, a front come through nothing like the forecast, we had 40 gusting 45+ from the SW with no where to hide, wind over current 15 to 20+ foot swell and having to hand steer to avoid going straight down the more than occasional cresting and breaking waves, It could have been worse but after about 3 hours the tide slowed and changed then we just had the wind with a gentle 20+ feet of rolling swell all the way to Mackay Harbour where we had to hole up for near a week for the weather to settle.
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Last edited by SimonV; 04-20-2013 at 10:38 AM.