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Old 05-01-2003
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preping for heavy weather

Reading the USSailing ORC (Offshore Racing Council) rules on a calm day would be good prep for heavy weather. No one above has mentioned anything about getting things ready down below, either. Are your batteries strapped down for a 180-degree roll? Do your floorboards, lockers, drawers, shelves, all lock positively shut (until you want to open one)? What about your hatches and hatchboards? You don''t want a wave coming over the stern, pushing the main hatch open and leaving you to find out how fast you can pump, do you? How big is your bilge pump, anyway? I sailed with a skipper who said he subscribed to the Air Force method: plan for everything. Then when all Hell breaks loose, it will be because you planned it that way.
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