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I guess we best be careful what we post. All we need is for this person to not be a troll, take a Venture 22 out in the ocean and then have his or her family sue Sailnet when the boat returns empty.
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Go for it. Sign a waiver so us taxpayers wont have to pay to rescue you.

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I would go for it. Experience is the best teacher. I think the media is hyping this "Historical" event anyway. See if you can pass through the eye- might be cool. Be like tacking but no need to turn the boat. One note I see northern chesapeake is closed to recreational boat traffic due to storm- southern bay or atlantic your best bet.
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Come on guys! I though we were only this mean after a few belts! I'm on the west coast so some of you may have a head start on me.

Heavy weather means different things depending your experience. If you have to ask, then you are not experienced enough to handle it. A hurricane is not a good place to start to learn about heavy weather. Try something like a calm sea with 15 knot winds. Master that, then move up 5 knots, and so on.

On our first foray into the unknown, we were pelted by two foot seas and 10 knot winds. That was scary to us because it was our first time out.

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I developed a sense for what can happen to you when on a friend's 34 footer earlier this season. Winds were 10-15 knots, suddenly jumping up to over 40 mph in a period of about two minutes, during which time the starboard jibsheet blew out through the block and we were then knocked down twice. I watched the bow attempt to dive like a submarine a couple of times, and the captain yelled to me, holding his cat by the tail, who attempted to jump ship. I had a cat in one hand and was frantically grinding the port winch with the other hand to pull in the flapping mess of a foresail.

Was quite the experience I'll never forget.

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I guess we best be careful what we post. All we need is for this person to not be a troll, take a Venture 22 out in the ocean and then have his or her family sue Sailnet when the boat returns empty.
Roger that, retract my previous post please. One note- most sailors do not go looking for a storm. They let the storm come to them, then they try to out run it. My advice, stay in port, and go to the local bar during the cane, and put "three sheets to the wind". What does that mean anyway- sounds like somthing to do with sailing.
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How are you supposed to get big weather experience??
You will get it when you have to. Just try to avoid that experience until you can't.

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To me it just doesn't seem right to be playing around in a storm when so many folks are in real danger. Plus, if you do happen to get into trouble and need help, then you are needlessly putting the fine USCG folks in harms way.
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Intentionally going out into this wind would be very poor judgment even if you had a weather tested boat and crew. Preparing yourself with the experience of heavy weather should be on the minds of all sailors who intend to venture beyond the sight of land and there is no way to do that other than experience it. Start with something a bit tamer!! I don't think this was a troll's post. I think it was a serious question. We go out on stormy days and enjoy our boat's ability, and ours, to "play" in the wind and waves. It didn't begin with a hurricane though and we have no desire to add one to our adventuring if there is any way to avoid it. Putting others in harm's way is never a choice any responsible sailor would consider. Our "playing" in rough weather is only done when we are confident of our gear and our ability to manage conditions is well within a safe margin.

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