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:
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