Sailing a Serious Ocean: Sailboats, Storms, Stories and Lessons Learned from 30 Years at Sea
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"I know you'll want to read more after you finish Sailing a Serious Ocean. And be warned, you'll very likely want to sail with John, perhaps across an ocean." -- DALLAS MURPHY, AUTHOR OF ROUNDING THE HORN
After sailing 300,000 miles and weathering dozens of storms in all the world's oceans, John Kretschmer has plenty of stories and advice to share. John's offshore training passages sell out a year in advance and his entertaining presentations are popular at boat shows and yacht clubs all over the English speaking world. John's talent for storytelling enchants his audience as it soaks up the lessons he learned during his oftenchallenging voyages. Now you can take a seat next to John--at a lesser cost--and get the knowledge you need to fulfill your own dream of blue-water adventure.
In Sailing a Serious Ocean, John tells you what to expect when sailing the oceans and shows how to sail safely across them. His tales of storm encounters and other examples of extreme seamanship will help you prepare for your journey and give you confidence to handle any situation―even heavy weather. Through his personal stories, John will guide you through the whole process of choosing the right boat, outfitting with the right gear, planning your route, navigating the ocean, and understanding the nuances of life at sea.
Our oceans are beautiful yet unpredictable―water that is at one moment a natural mirror for the glowing sun can turn into a foamy, raging wall of fury. John knows our oceans, and he is one of the best teachers of taming and enjoying them. Before you set off across the big blue, turn to John for his inspirational stories and hard-learned advice and discover the serious sailor in you.
be away, the marina facilities, and the season. Anytime I expect to be away less than a couple of months, I tend to leave it in the water. It is a lot less hassle to prepare the boat for sea when you return. If I am going to be away for more than a couple of months, I usually haul the boat out, just for peace of mind. During shorter absences when I leave the boat in the water, I make sure it is well secured with spare lines, chafing gear, and extra fenders. I prefer marinas to moorings and feel
foul-weather gear. The look on his face described better than words the wild conditions and battered cockpit. At the same time, Ric at last extricated himself from the wreckage of the bimini. With help from a wave that momentarily floated Diane most of the way out of the water, the three of us managed to lift her back onto the boat. Quetzal was wallowing in the troughs and skidding down the massive faces. I knew that if another wave broke over her, she might be rolled. The cockpit was a
underway because UV shortens their life dramatically. Although I am working on the low side, I made my way forward on the high side, the safe side. But time was not standing still; it just seemed that way. Quetzal was wallowing. Another wave broke across her beam and flowed through the cockpit. It was not a massive wave but it didn’t matter. It swept Diane away. I watched with horror and stunned disbelief as the wave carried her aft. I leaped after her. She was already most of the way off the
means of a furling drum, allowing the sail to be furled. Sometimes called foils. Fin Keel. A fin-shaped keel section that is detached from the rudder and provides lateral resistance and generates lift. There are several variations of fin keels. I sometimes write about a “powerful” fin keel, which more accurately might be described as a “long fin keel instead of a full keel.” Keels are incredibly complex and can have straight leading and trailing edges, or they might be swept back. Chord length,
serious and implies that a life-threatening risk may develop soon. Mayday leaves no room for doubt; urgent assistance is required to prevent immediate loss of life. For that reason a Mayday should never be issued casually. First responders are preparing to risk their lives to save yours—never lose sight of that fact. I told Lou that our most likely first broadcast would be a Pan-Pan. The procedure is to say “Pan-Pan” three times, slowly and clearly. Then follow up with the vessel’s name and