One of the most terrible nightmares that a sailor could have is to sail in poor weather. Strong winds and gigantic waves aren't really something that you can ignore when you're in the middle of the ocean. But there are still certain things that you can do to ensure your safety if you choose to sail in such conditions.
Be sure to make yourself knowledgeable about the things you ought to do before setting sail and losing sight of the dock. Assembling storm sails, reefing sails, and bearing in mind the weather report and how it is going to affect your cruise are the things you should keep in mind. You can try and spend a day to practice handling uneven seas and sturdy winds to boost your skills and survive the risks of sailing in poor weather.
Totally steer clear of sailing when the weather broadcaster tells you it is a bad idea to do so. It is the best thing you could do to prevent possible risks. Bad weather not only puts you at risk of the dangers of tornadoes, lightning and squalls. It also raises your possibilities of heat stroke, dehydration and hypothermia. If you're planning to be out in the water for a couple of days, try to know the weather conditions throughout your trip. Doing so will help you avoid the disasters that the sea could bring. Be sure to bring all necessary safety gears for sailing.
Try lowering your sails. Spend more time on jibes, tacks and changes of sail in strong winds. You must always remember that the nearer you are to other docks or boats, the more difficult it is to take control of your boat. If possible, go for smaller sails.
Make use of the anchor. Drop your boat's anchor to direct the vessel in one direction. This enables the boat to progress slowly during a storm.
Trail drogues or warps. You can slow your sailboat down by simply releasing long ropes from the back of your boat. Ideally, it must be in a loop and should be approximately two wavelengths back as much as possible. The purpose of this is to prevent the boat from running faster than the waves do. Small drogues might be used as small sea anchors.
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