Wednesday, August 19, 2015

_________________________ SUMMER STORM ________________________


This is a video I watched on Bens website   https://vertue61.wordpress.com/    He thought he was going sailing in his beautiful little steel Vertue class yacht. No such luck!

What is interesting towards the end of the video is watching someone ( presumably the owner of the yacht in the foreground ) who vainly tries pushing his boat away from the jetty - again, no such luck! I suspect the yacht in question was also built of steel, so any major damage would only have been to the jetty.

4 comments:

Ben said...

Heavy stuff. Remember the day of the summer storm, July 25. Code red also in K-A. Lot of debris to clear. This was weather for kite surfing not for sailing.

Alden Smith said...

Ben, I watched a number of videos of the storm on Utube. One did include someone using a wind surfer, it looked like fantastic fun!
The storm was very severe weather - not the sort of weather to be at sea in unless you had a very strong boat, plenty of sea room, a 'Series Drogue' and a good plan.

Ben said...

Hi Alden,
I learn every time something new on your blog. I did not know what Series Drogue was and Googled it. It looks like the modern version of Johnny Wray’s oil in a sack see anchor. Only Johnnies version had the added advantage to dampen the waves. And it works: See “Wave damping by a thin layer of viscous fluid” in scientific literature 1997.

Alden Smith said...

The full name of the drogue is 'The Jordon Series Drogue'.
Heavy weather tactics is a vexed and controversial question. What you do is dependent very much on the particular circumstances you find yourself in. If you were engineless in a full gale on a lee shore then you would be trying to sail your boat to windward no matter what - if you were mid Atlantic with plenty of sea room and the waves were not breaking dangerously you might 'heave to' - if the waves were breaking and you had to run off before the storm I would use a Jordan Series Drogue - if you were in a storm and in the Volvo Ocean race with an experienced 24 hour rostered crew then you would just keep sailing!! - in a hurricane at sea, I would use the series drogue and pray very hard indeed!
The question of oil is again contextual. The practicalities of using oil in storm conditions (despite Johnnys brave experiences) make it difficult and dangerous but it was used to good effect by the famous William Albert Robinson in his voyage through the southern ocean from Tahiti to Chile. He has written about it in his now classic book "To The Great Southern Sea" - the chapter in the book "The Ultimate Storm" is often quoted when sailors debate storm tactics.