Heavy Weather Sailing

Author(s): Peter Bruce

Nautical - Seamanship

For 50 years Heavy Weather Sailing has been regarded as the ultimate international authority on surviving storms at sea aboard sailing and motor vessels. The first edition was compiled by Kaines Adlard Coles himself in 1967. Since then technology may have improved, but the weather certainly hasn't. This is the seventh updated edition, edited by racing yachtsman Peter Bruce, ensuring that in its 50th year the book remains as relevant and as essential as it has been for the previous five decades. The book brings together a wealth of expert advice from many of the great sailors of the present, including fresh accounts of yachts overtaken by extreme weather, from Ewan Southby-Tailyour, Alex Whitworth and Dag Pike to Larry and Lin Pardey, Matt Sheahan and Andrew Claughton. It also includes a new Foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Britain's most high profile yachtsman of the past 50 years. The expert advice section has been updated in line with current thinking, and there has been a major update to the chapter focusing on the use of storm sails as well as to the use of drag devices.
The technique of taking refuge has been reviewed and updated, and the chapters dealing with preparations for heavy weather and its effect on yacht design have been overhauled. These revisions ensure that Heavy Weather Sailing is as relevant, useful and instructive for today's sailor venturing offshore as it ever was - perhaps more so in the light of tragic disasters like the loss of the Cheeky Raffiki mid-Atlantic on a delivery trip after her season racing in the Caribbean. This is the definitive book for crews of any size contemplating voyages out of sight of land anywhere in the world, whether racing or cruising. It gives a clear message regarding the preparations required, and the tactics to consider when it comes on to blow.


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The definitive book for crews of any size contemplating voyages out of the sight of land anywhere in the world, this new edition includes new thinking on a variety of aspects of heavy weather handling, and recent heavy weather experiences from around the world. Foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

If you buy no other book for your voyage, buy this one. Pete Goss This book is an institution. Practical Boat Owner The ultimate survival handbook. Yachting World There is much that is new here, and so beautifully explored and explained that the prudent mariner will no more ignore it than neglect the latest weather forecast. Hugh Marriott An essential survival handbook for anyone contemplating a voyage out of sight of land, Heavy Weather Sailing should be required reading for sailors in every junior big boat program. WindCheck (US)

After many years spent in the Royal Navy, Peter Bruce continues to spend much time at sea racing, cruising or researching his pilotage books. He has achieved a string of victories in his own yachts, making him one of the top Corinthian skippers in the world. He has twice been in Britain's winning Admiral's Cup Team and has taken part with distinction in most of the Fastnet races since his first in 1961. He has been revising Heavy Weather Sailing for over 23 years.

General Fields

  • : 9781472923196
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Featherstone Education
  • : 1.083
  • : June 2016
  • : 246mm X 171mm X 28mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Bruce
  • : Hardback
  • : 7th Revised edition
  • : 623.88223
  • : 320
  • : Colour photos and diagrams throughout