Seamanship

Heavy Weather Dynamics: Upwind Sailing, Windage and Resistance

Heavy Weather Dynamics: Upwind Sailing, Windage and Resistance

With tropical cruising becoming increasingly popular and accessible in the last 2-3 decades, trends have developed in outfitting yachts for ocean cruising. Some of these trends that originated from sailing in moderate settled weather areas have resulted in significantly increased risks when a vessel is caught in severe conditions. Many of today’s cruising yachts, whether […]

Essentials of Wave Theory

Essentials of Wave Theory

Wave theory is quite extensive and complex, but only a very small amount of knowledge about waves is essential to sailors to anticipate the risks that can arise from waves for small crafts. Waves are generated by the wind. There is a relation between fetch, wind speed and the maximum wave height that will result over […]