25 thoughts on “high wind sailing knockdown extreme squall intense heeling sailboat wet wild 11/11/11

  1. Having had my very first sailing lesson today in a tiny dinghy, I’m amazed at how calm these guys are. I’d be screaming like a little baby.

  2. Ease and squeeze guys, ease the sheets maintaining the slot and squeeze more into wind! Simples!

  3. i love that sort of weather. the last time i was out in stuff like this i was helping deliver a farr 38 with a tail wind of 45knts gusting to 60knts. there was a 3m cross swell from behind and on the beam. we had 1 reef in the main and a No.3 gib doing upto 13.5knts. the boat loved the weather!

  4. very disappointing, no knockdown! Much the same as a Sunday sail across Bass strait, only the seas are generally much higher. These days 16 year old girls show the way in sailing. See Jessica Watson.

  5. Where’s the knockdown ???
    Overcanvassed, waited too long to reef the jib : this is true, but it happens to many others including the criticizers here !!!…
    The only question that nobody can answer through this video : was heading close haul the only option ?
    Good job mates !…

  6. Good film clip of what goes on with sail boats. Makes us “power boaters” respect you guys more for what you have to do out there.

  7. I guess you did start to roll the job in in the 3rd minute, but very poorly, jib sheets were all over the place and the trimmer was acting like a Turtle… GRIND GRIND GRIND GRIND 🙂 my 2c

  8. MY Opinion: Should have rolled in your head sail completely to avoid excessive healing, eased the reefed main sail to get some of the weather helm out and would have had a much better sail and most likely would have sailed faster… If you had a storm jib, throw that puppy on and that is it 🙂 … I my self LOVE high winds and rough seas but they will tear up your sails and could even dis-mast you …

  9. Naive question from a dinghy sailor – wouldn’t easing the traveler help the heel (and increase speed). Looks like it was a fun ride though!

  10. Reminds me of my summer sailing trip as a midshipman. We ran into a storm that lasted 2 days. In the initial squall, we started to head into the wind to double reef the main and somehow snapped the main halyard. I thought lightning had hit us from the sound that the boom/mast made when the halyard snapped. We had to sail for the next couple of days until we got to Cape Cod just on the jib. We were making 13 knots just on that.

  11. Silly to leave the winch handles in place, asking for them to go swimming!

    Overcanvassed, reef early!

    All very easy to say from the comfort of my living room of course! 🙂

  12. Once blanketed behind the main, the pressure on the Genoa would be reduced to almost nothing. Properly blanketed behind the mail, it would almost hang limp, and as you roll it up it would definitely go completely limp. That is the entire point. If the wind can’t get to the sail, it can’t exert pressure. You would need less than 100 yards to leeward to do it. Maybe even less if you were prepared and quick.

  13. i headed up. we didn’t have too much room to leeward. I differ with your conclusion that it would be easy to roll the genoa in 35-45 knots with pressure on it. I will be happy to try again, but easing (yes luffing) was the plan. really i would like to be in the same exact conditions with searoom and try falling off to reduce apparent wind by 5-10 knots, but even then I think the winch maybe necessary to roll in the genoa, but I agree some tension on the sail (sheets) would have been smoother

  14. true ideally some tension on the lee sheet would have been good. shoulda/coulda/woulda. live and learn. but the key objective: roll in the genoa and we got that done!

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