I had to say that they are sometimes quite annoying. On the way out of the Gibraltar strait, near Tarifa, there is always a lot of wind and there are also always some very good wind-surfers around. I have passed there several times blowing hard (+30K) and it is pissing to have them around (they come to see the boat) while you try to reef and control the boat in an agitated water. I always expect to hear one of them say: "Do you need help" .
Normally with lot's of wind I do allright, making between 8 and 10k but those guys just make me look dead on the water, going in circles at well over 20K.
I guess you have to be pretty good to sail one of those things with winds over 30K and with lot's of waves. They jump from the top of one wave to another like it was easy. Awesome spectacle.
05-22-2011 08:29 PM
If you think the previous movies were shot in bad weather, look at this solo sailor near the Southern Ocean
If you're looking for a great old commercially made movie just full of sailing as well as a good story line see "Wake of the Red Witch" starring John Wayne. It's currently on Netflix.
05-17-2011 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by herezjohnny
I watched all of his videos a while back, very entertaining.
I watched him, too. After a few videos in, watching him became depressing. It seemed that he was always down and always harping the negative and all the bad things that were going on. I think I responded at one point asking him why he sailed if he so-hated it.
There are plenty of videos of other adventures on YouTube where the people had good times and you could tell that they genuinely enjoyed sailing. Even when videoing the bad stuff most would have a decent attitude about it.
05-17-2011 04:49 PM
Originally Posted by johnnyandjebus
Great thread, I have some watching to do.
Several years ago a sailor by the name of Jeff Naffe sailed a Contessa 26 from England to Australia via the USA. He has 4-5 short videos about his trip. Below is one of them.
If you don't know this one have a look, it seems as impressive as the first time I saw it.
Never ceases to amaze me the resistance of modern race boats. They keep running in bad weather hitting waves with a force that it seems capable of tearing everything apart...and staying on one piece and also the physical resistance of those sailors that can sustain that huge beating, pushing against storms ..... even if we could see here some grim faces here
05-12-2011 01:05 PM
I confess that I am an addict
Have some more, this time showing how a small fast boat can be sailed with bad weather...I wish I was as good as this guy