Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Southern QLD, Bayside
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You had an interesting time.
Hopefully, I havent misread your post, but;
I guess you were heaving to before the main tore. I think you need to keep a watch when heaved to, especially if on a lee shore - you can move up to a couple of knots.
If it was so bad that there is no plan B or T or whatever and you had plenty of searoom (also sure that there are no other like minded individuals around), then you can drop all sail, lash everything and the tiller and go below; find a secure place on the floor (padded) and lash yourself in and wait for the skies to get lighter. - This is when you find God again ....because there is nothing else you can do!
If it is this bad, then knockdowns are very likely and regular - I would not think of this near land or in 35kn. 35kn is what you can regularly get and is a good travelling breeze on passage if the seas are not a problem.
As for your main, I guess the fact it was gusting is what tore the old main. A steady breeze is obviously easier to set sail for than gusty conditions.
From my limited experience, a 'learning' experience is a positive thing and next time you are in those conditions or worse, well - you've been there before.
I guess you had a deep and meaningful discussion with Leroy - what was his slant on the situation? A bit ruff (sorry) Actually all he needs is opposable thumbs. He has the same brainpower as most of us sailors.
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Last edited by St Anna; 09-03-2010 at 08:58 PM.
Reason: thinking of leroys addition to the conversation