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Old 02-20-2013
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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

There seems some confusion over where one might like to be placed as regards a hurricane other than well away from it.

On basic principles in the Northern hemisphere the wind moves anticlockwise around a low, while the hurricane tends to move to the NW but it can initially move NE.

Assuming the former, then the least dangerous quadrant is the NW ie front left, and the most dangerous front right, because in the former the track speed of the hurricane or storm subtracts from the wind speed, and in the latter case it adds to it.

As far as being just back from the eye to pick up good wind that seems dubious to place oneself there. Apart from anything else the course of the storm is not stable, and the thing has a large diameter. It is also likely to be moving faster than most boats so one would be overtaken with either stronger winds or unfavourable ones.

To be behind it implies one wants to go in the same direction however to get favourable wind one would need to be on SE side and presumably to get there only approach from the east. One could also expect a substantial sea which would have had time to build. One would also have to be a fair way behind it for the wind to have abated like 100 miles plus to get anything much under say 50 knots.

Behind and in the SW sector one could expect head winds and a significant if lesser sea.
That doesn't sound a very viable option if one is heading NW.

Also to get into the SE region behind if not coming from the east one is presumably coming from the west crossing through it. Great.

The other options are one is trying to gain on it. That doesn't seem that great an idea one as the sea state will be high, and two it is unlikely since as I understand it these things move at around 15-20 knots. So you are going faster than that through a heavy sea?

If you are heading south then you might get a bit of a ride for a time behind it but that will abate. Given the uncertainty and conditions one might well opt to wait for calmer conditions.

I am not familiar with his course, but suggest hitching behind a hurricane is bragado, and the logic does not seem well thought out be it SE or SW said or intended.
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