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Here is another great Shearwater video, showing skill in steering downwind while surfing in 30-40 knots:
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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

Wow, that looks tiring. Fun, but tiring. I think I like day 2 better, when they had the ghost captain aboard.

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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

I encountered similar conditions while sailing north along the northern Georgia coast, winds to 35 knots and gusting, towering seas, and I should have doused the main as well. Instead, I furled the job and ended up dousing the main about 3 a.m., a time when the winds and seas were nasty and we were surfing every wave. At sunrise, I got to see the wave heights and intervals - WOW!

Off the Georgia coast the waves were probably about 8 to 9 feet, some higher, some not as tall, and the interval probably averaged about 8 to 10 seconds. Later in the trip, inside Chesapeake Bay, off Chesapeake Beach, the winds were screaming at 35 to 40 from the south, waves were 6 to 8 feet, and the intervals were much tighter, probably less than 6 seconds - now that was a nasty ride all the way to the Chesapeake Bay Bridges at Sandy Point. Just prior to reaching the bridges, somewhere off the mouth of the Severn River, the suddenly dropped to zero, the temperature rose and a dense fog set in. Visibility was down to under 1/10th mile, the bridge seemed to disappear, and the only thing you could hear was foghorns that seemed to be coming from every direction. I'm not sure which is worse, dense fog or towering, following seas. Guess I'm gettin' old.

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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

Probably James did not saw it but that sailor posted the video here:

A followup video to the leaving Porto video

It is a nice one and I cannot understand why nobody (except me ) entered the thread. Not nice for the guy that sailed that boat and was nice enough to share with us some muscled sailing and nice images.


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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

No preventer rigged up that I could see.....scary. I'd have like 3 docklines running forward from the boom and back in those kind of waves.
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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

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Probably James did not saw it but that sailor posted the video here:

A followup video to the leaving Porto video

It is a nice one and I cannot understand why nobody (except me ) entered the thread. Not nice for the guy that sailed that boat and was nice enough to share with us some muscled sailing and nice images.
It is all in the title of the thread. He was too humble to refer to himself as a "skilled helmsman", so I did it for him.
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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

I'm new to sailing. What is a preventer?
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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

Nice video! Wonder how long the main will last plastered up against the shroud like that?

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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

I'm curious, with such a swell, running DDW is dangerous because the stern getting pushed around causes a risk of a gybe. In those kinds of winds I would think a preventer is useless because it will either pull out from its attachment point or suddenly stop the boat and cause you to lose control.

Why not just drop the main and run with genoa alone? It seems like it would provide plenty of surface area, and be much safer without risking a gybe.

We were running with 20-30 kt in BVI last January, and although the swell was not nearly as bad, we were glad we had just the genoa out. We saw several boats having all sorts of problems with gybing, and we were passing them all on genny alone.


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Re: Skilled helmsman steering downwind in 30-40 knots...

Oh hell yeah!!



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