Episode 12 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with Allan Breckall who we met in Episode 1 and Episode 2. Allan offered to cover some Heavy Weather Sailing topics and today we are talking about tactics for stopping the boat and in particular, lying a-hull vs using a parachute anchor. Allan added some additional information via email and you will find this in the Show notes below.
After this there is a look at using shorter harness or safety lines to prevent being washed overboard and finally a discussion on navigation and using a sextant to get a Noon sight for latitude.
I began the show with a reading from Joshua Slocum’s book – “Sailing alone around the world” as read by Allan Chant for Librovox. I had the Joshua Slocum reference to using “the great clock aloft” to check his reckoning since Captain Slocum “ran down the latitude” at 12 degrees for weeks and after 43 days he checked his sights and found that he was within 5 miles of what he had calculated by dead reckoning.
In the interview Allan talks about how you can find a plastic sextant for not too much money and that there are plenty of resources online for how to take a noon latitude. I have popped some links about doing this on another page devoted to navigation – www.thesailingpodcast.com/celestialnavigation
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If you have some other information to add regarding Heavy Weather Sailing, please go ahead and leave us a comment in the comment section below. Have you used a parachute anchor in extreme conditions and found it to be better than lying a-hull?
Allan also emailed me the following information about what happens if you just leave the yacht to care for itself:
There was one crucial piece of information that I omitted to include. When I was discussing the “lying-a-hull or whatever you choose to call it, I failed to explain that any vessel, and this includes large ocean going ships, when not underway without sail or motive power and not anchored will ALWAYS lie with their stern to the wind. This would seem unusual to many people but the simple fact is that the bow section of a boat is always lighter than the after section.
If the boat is drifting as it would be, current and tide would not influence it as it is moving in that body of water so the wind would hit the vessel and move the lightest part, being the bow section around the C.O.G and that would swing away from the wind. this is the essential logic to the rudder being hard towards the wind. as the boat is blown forward downwind the rudder will turn it side on, once side on the boat will attempt to turn further to windward but will not be able to so it will simple move in a beam on direction thus preventing down wind acceleration with the possibility of careering down the le’ward side of the wave and nose diving into the trough.
There are some famous sailing books regarding Heavy Weather Sailing and I have placed a few links to them below. Don’t forget that if you are looking for information about celestial navigation or for more information about how to get a Noon sight for latitude you can visit www.thesailingpodcast.com/celestialnavigation
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Here is a good video on How to Heave-to. As Allan mentions, lying a-hull is just heaving to with the sails down:
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