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ARTICLE EXCERPT:
"Storm Tactics Debate."
 By Zack Smith
June 2000, Sail Magazine


"...as a researcher for offshore safety equipment, I find both passive and active tactics effective choices in dealing with severe weather, best dictated by your own personal experience. My best advice is to go out and practice different approaches in sloppy weather; drag rode bights off the stern, hove to in 25 knots, deploy a para-anchor---don't limit yourself to just one trick. Like the Pardeys, I prefer a passive approach to heavy weather sailing. Tests prove that heaving to with a para-anchor works. All it takes is balance between the para-anchor and the boat, achieved through reduced sail, rudder positioning, length of rode, and a properly rigged para-anchor. Rode length and how well a person understands their boat is what normally dictates how comfortably they will ride to a para-anchor.

Exhaustion reinforces the importance of passive storm management. Still, many of us choose to surf or run because we are in a rush to reach our destination or just like the immediate claming effects of taking the weather off our quarter. Steve Dashew provides good information on the various steps and types of active approaches. During storm trials, I use active tactics just to get back to port before nightfall.

Passive or active? Both. Develop a plan to handle all "what if..." scenarios for heavy weather problems in accordance with any emergency that can occur offshore. Practice with your gear until you confidently hold a full bag of tricks.


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