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Skip Novak's Storm Sailing Techniques

1. Making of the series

At a place where forecasts seem meaningless, Skip Novak, the well-known British adventurer, scientist and blue water sailor, invites you into his world of heavy-weather sailing. We hope you enjoy part one of our series in cooperation with Yachting World.

2. Pelagic Tour

The remarkable high-latitude expeditions, which Skip Novak undertakes with his two cutters, are highly challenging for both man and machinery. In this segment, learn more about life and equipment on board the ships.

3. Trysail Storm

Skip Novak dedicates this episode of our video series to trysails — explaining how to use them, as well as noting which characteristics and dangers you need to keep a watch for.

4. Heaving To

Heaving to is a very useful tool for heavy-weather sailing. With the help of this technique, small periods of rest are possible even under challenging weather conditions. Skip Novak explains how it can be done safely.

5. Reefing

Reefing is mostly done after a storm has already approached and threatens the ship and crew. Skip Novak’s principle is: “Reef before you need to.” In this video, he shows how to recognize the right moment and how reefing is done safely.

6. Preparing the Deck

Securing the deck is one of the most important preparations for heavy-weather sailing. In this episode, Skip Novak explains which preparations need to be completed to prevent damage and accidents. “Prepare well, prepare for the worst.”

7. Sail Design

Without the right material, even professionals can barely defy a storm on open sea. Anyone who plans a circumnavigation should rely on durable material, especially when choosing the sails.

8. Warps and Drogues

In this segment, Skip Novak explains the possibilities and risks of using warps and drogues to slow down a sailing yacht under heavy weather conditions. Learn why even Skip Novak only falls back to these techniques in emergency situations.

9. Sounding an uncharted bay

In this episode of Skip Novak’s Storm Sailing Techniques you learn how to approach an uncharted and hostile bay, and what kind of modern and traditional methods there are for conning your way in safely.

10. Anchoring

Skip Novak’s philosophy when it comes to anchoring is: heavier than recommended can do no harm. In this episode, he shows what kind of anchorage equipment and techniques are useful when it comes to hold fast in some very extreme high latitude conditions.

11. Tying to shore

Anchoring in remote destinations requires certain measures to protect the ship from unpredictable winds or other possible threats like drift ice. In this episode, expedition guru, Skip Novak shows how tying to shore is successfully done under heavy weather conditions.

12. Using a tender

Your tender is your lifeline to the shore and its type, size and equipment are critical in remote areas. Skip Novak demonstrates what he uses, why - and how. In the latest video from our Storm Sailing Series, expedition guru, Skip Novak demonstrates how your tender’s type, size and equipment are critical when cruising in remote areas.

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