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Thank you, a bit farther back than I had scanned in hre blog, back to mid march or late Feb, saw some quotes on fixing things.....will check out tongith when I get home from work.

yes you need to make your way up this way if you can!

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This may seem strange but I learned a lot about heavy weather sailing on a fishing trip aboard a 40' commercial charter fishing boat. We set out into the Pacific about 2am across the Gray's Hbr bar in 40K of wind and 20+' breaking seas. Almost everyone except the crew (and myself) were terribly seasick immediately. All night long we crashed into huge unseen waves, those in the foc'sle frequently in midair. The next morning as daylight broke it was a surreal landscape of giant waves as far as you could see when we were on top, and a dark, quiet trench when we were between the swells. I was exhausted from lack of any sleep, scared because of the size of the waves, and concerned for several of my fellow "fishermen" that were basically comatose. At this time the skipper proceeded to start cooking a big breakfast of eggs, sausage and hash browns. This did not help the profoundly sick passengers at all. The most interesting thing about this was that the skipper just put the boat on autopilot and was cooking looking aft the whole time like this was no big deal, do it all the time, cracking jokes about the sickest of his charges and telling stories about the sickest people he had ever had on board (definitely a sadist, if I could have figured out a way to get some of my fellow fishermen off that boat they would have gladly signed the deeds to their homes over to me). It was at this time that I started relaxing and enjoying the ride, we were just riding up, and then down the huge waves like a cork. We were approaching 100NM offshore and we were doing about 8-10 knots quartering into the SW swells that were occaisionally breaking (20-24' @ 16 seconds IIRC). How he managed to cook eggs in that to this day I don't understand, but they tasted pretty good ( I was the only one that ate, and kept it down, that entire day). It was the fact that he was so nonchalant about the seas that made me realize that we had survived the night before and we were merely riding up and over huge, steep waves. At that point I began thinking that my then 34' Northsea could do the same thing if caught out in it. Since that time I have been in some nasty weather and some large waves, and I have been able to remember that a boat is just basically a cork in those conditions, you just need to keep the water out and quarter the waves one way or another and you will more than likely be OK. Of course there are more extreme storms that require more advanced techniques, but the principle is the same. If you reduce sail and speed enough, and have enough sea room, more than likely the boat and you, are going to survive. Having said that, it is prudent to avoid these conditions at all costs whenever possible.

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Makes me think of a story my grandfather told. He was on a destroyer during WW2 and crossed the atlantic 8 or 9 times escorting merchant ships. Only got seasick on his final voyage home after the war and the cook would hang up a dripping pork chop next the the galley bulkhead, just dripping grease, every sailor was doubled over sick. he said he didn't eat for about a week
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A pork chop dripping grease? That actually sounds pretty good - along with a Guinness, some Vegemite, and a few fried green tomatoes.


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Last year, when we bent the prop shaft, 60 miles from a marina - so no engine), I sailed on a beat from Digby Is. to Mackay Marina. In 35kn SW which shifted to a Westerly and some choppy seas; through the edge of the Coal ship anchorage. It was an experience I never want to try again, but it worked sweet. The pen was on the outside, so was easy to slide into.

As I lined up the entrance to the harbour, and skooted along the southerly breakwater, a 6m fibreglass speedboat appeared, fishing along the wall. I could have reached out and touched him - it unnerved him a little, I can say. In the harbour, I dropped the main and furled most of the genny, used it to round up and then off the wind to slide to the marina end and into the pen. (about 500m from the harbour entrance)

It was a little stressful until my wife stepped off with the fwd and aft springs.

If I can sail into a marina pen in 35kn of breeze (no engine), any one can!


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Into the pen at 35 knots??? Very impressive my good man.

Good to see you around St.!


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Heres a couple of useful tips for all HWSers, deliberate or just caught out like mi.
Sail-World.com : Seven Heavy Weather Sailing Tips You Need to Know!.
Now Smack is hooked on ocean racing, well done BTW, I hope he won,t go all blue water agus loose intrest in us coastal cruisers.
My favourite is to furl to under the size to clear the forestay before tacking in heavy seas.
Safe sailing

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Centaur, thank you for the link. HWS information makes us all Better sailors. Reading about rounding the horn and blue water has raised my confidence when taking my trailer boat out when I previously declined because the winds were a little "fresh"

Keep the expenses low and the good times high.

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Here's some nice big seas for you...

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Here's some nice big seas for you...
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Watching that makes me seasick. It is hard to believe that there are too many under 50 foot boats that would survive that. Those waves have to be 60 foot plus.

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