Posts Tagged ‘good seamanship’

How to Survive at Sea – feedback from a reader

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Andre and Suzanne Wildeman live in the Netherlands and own a Victoire 933 – a sleek and comfortable 30 ft yacht. Below is an extract from an email Andre sent us after reading our eBook, How to Survive at Sea: Six emergencies and how to handle them.

I had a great read and found myself looking at our ship in just another way. Also I had a close look at the crew – my wife and me. We talked through your subjects and went over the tips and measures.

Now in the Netherlands the season has come to an end and our Victoire 933 will go ashore next week. It is the time for cleaning and further maintenance, working through the list composed during the sailing season.

Also time to read and study, prepare for trips next spring and summer.

I assure you I will pay extra attention to the ship’s condition (and of course the crew’s condition as well).

We had a great sailing season this year and we did not run into any trouble. I must admit, the 40 knot wind in August was the worst condition we met, but for our ship as well as for us, not really a problem – we anticipated the weather forecast and had our sail plan ready.

Thank you very much for the valuable eBook.

Andre’s comment about how they handled the 40 knot wind by shortening sail in readiness is just one example of his good seamanship.

And he concluded with:

We are looking forward to reading your newsletters!

If you’d like to get the eBook and become a newsletter subscriber, all you have to do is go to the page, How to Survive at Sea, and submit your name and email address. To ensure security of your email address, you will receive a message requesting confirmation that you want the eBook. When you click on the link in that email, you will arrive on a page from which you can download the complimentary eBook.

Green Dragon brings new meaning to the loose-footed mainsail

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

This morning I found this video of Green Dragon, just after her boom broke. It shows one gutsy crewman lifted up and out to detach the broken end from the clew of the mainsail.

The skipper made the decision not to call in at Diego Garcia to fit a replacement boom nor to try to repair the boom on board with whatever materials were available. He knew that the latter would detract from the crew making the boat go fast. Third through the gate on the way to Cochin, Green Dragon was overtaken sailing upwind and finished only seventh, beating only Team Russia.

Sail World has more details and a good photo of the boat showing the bridle that the crew rigged to control their loose-footed mainsail.

We describe how to handle a wide range of Nautical Emergencies in The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship. With good seamanship, all sorts of emergency can be managed competently but, better still, some can be avoided.