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Aground in a gale
Feb 2009 p50-51  (2.00 pages)
Category: Cruise accounts
Author: Doug Griffiths
Description: Learning from Experience
If the forecast says a gale, stay in bed and do not sail
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An error of judgement
May 1995 p48  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Peter Fowle
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
Near gale force. 'When we tried to sail from Lorient to Benodet we had to put in at Port Tudy because of the near gale force winds.'
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Maiden's gale
Nov 2001 p114-116  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Hugh Cownie
Description: Sailing Skills
Learning Curve: Caught at sea in a Force 9 crossing the English Channel in a 29ft Westerly Konsort
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Pacific rescue
Apr 2006 p24-27  (3.50 pages)
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Author: Richard Woods
Description: Learning from Experience
Rescued by the US Navy in a January gale off the Mexican coast in 9.7m Eclipse catamaran with a broken parachute anchor
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Easterly gale: run for port or stay put?
Dec 2011 p52-56  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Bill Anderson
Description: Practical Seamanship - A question of seamanship & answer
An easterly gale approaching as you lie to anchor in La Grande Greve.
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Gale imminent
May 2002 p119
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Author: Des Sleightholme
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Sea Sense: Gale force weather
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Winds decreasing later
Dec 1993 p32  (2.66 pages)
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Author: Eddi Woodbridge
Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
Windy weather - Lessons learned; It had been blowing a Severe Gale Force 9, there was a ferry from Guernsey to Weymouth and, it cost 40. But by then the wind had dropped, the sun was shining..
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Too steep a learning curve!
Dec 2011 p72  (1.00 pages)
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Author: Paul Fletcher-Tomenius
Description: Cruising log
Paul and family put their trust in a sailing instructor, only to be taken to sea in a gale and scared witless. On the third day of their of their first ever sailing experience, the wind blew and the instructor remained in the companionway.
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North Sea crossing... in a near-gale
Oct 2009 p52-54  (3.00 pages)
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Description: Learning curve
Despite a bad weather forecast, Terry Osbourne set off from Holland, bound for Suffolk, 'to see what a Force 7 is really like...'
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Knockdown experience
May 1992 p100-101  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Peter Nicholson
Description: Practical Seamanship - The learning curve
Peter describes an ordeal by gale and tide around the Channel Islands. "The mainsail snapped half its slides and was sagging off to leeward... Several times we were caught by breakers and knocked down to 70 or 80 degrees."
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Having to sail home
Jul 1994 p42  (2.00 pages)
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Description: Experiences / Learning from Experience
When you fit your own engine, you need to stay flexible. 'The gear box flange spun in front of my eyes and it was then I noticed that it was not connected to the flexible coupling...'
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Atlantic knockdown
Nov 2007 p42-44  (3.00 pages)
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Author: Andrew Shortland
Description: Sailing Skills
Learning Curve: Battling through a mid-Atlantic gale when small cruiser gets knocked down and bilge starts filling with water
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Aground on a lee shore
Sep 2008 p42-44  (3.00 pages)
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Nicholas finds that a little local knowledge can be a dangerous thing
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Sail home or stay put?
Aug 2003 p105-110  (1.00 pages)
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A Question of Seamanship: Dilemma over possible forecast strong winds (for answer see page 110)
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Weatherbird to the Azores
Oct 1993 p36  (2.00 pages)
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Malcolm recalls being caught out in an Atlantic gale during the two-handed Azores and Back Race. 'By 1500hrs we had begun to discover what a gale was'.
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Stranded on the sand
Mar 2003 p46-49  (3.00 pages)
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In praise of insurance
May 1995 p52  (1.33 pages)
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'Having run aground, the Southend inshore lifeboat was dispatched to us.' The damage to the keels & a following incident of theft from my car had me singing the praises of Navigators and General who settled both claims with speed.
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Our sunny weekend in the Solent..
Nov 2012 p30-31  (2.00 pages)
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Description: Learning curve - ..turned into a Force 9 emergency.
A sudden gale forced Paul's Contessa 33 into crash-gybe, resulting in serious neck injuries for one of his crew.
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Close call in Brazil
Jan 2003 p54-56  (2.00 pages)
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Running aground and sinking
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Summer gale tactics
May 2004 p68-69  (2.00 pages)
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Heavy weather special: How do you know your boat and crew will cope in heavy weather?
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Learning to live with legs
Dec 1994 p53  (1.00 pages)
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Running aground at Pighole point.
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There and back again
Mar 1993 p72  (2.00 pages)
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Hugh describes the high drama of a cross-Channel passage through thunderstorms and gale-force winds with his two sons.
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Caught out by the 'Mini Cape Horn'
Oct 2008 p62-64  (3.00 pages)
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Despite a favourable forecast for their passage, James found that Colombia's 'Mini Cape Horn' lived up to its fearsome reputation
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The last cruise - 'Almita'
Sep 1993 p78  (4.00 pages)
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Sailing home to the east Coast for the last time, Dick Durham encountered some lively weather as they sought refuge in Boulogne. 'Soon both of us were dealing with the rising sou'wester on ites way to becoming a gale'.
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Aground on Bonaire Beach
May 1991 p56
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A rough rendezvous
Jan 2004 p104-107  (4.00 pages)
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A North Sea passage
Apr 2013 p32-35  (4.00 pages)
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Olly sails from Norway to Scotland, taking on the North Sea and aiming to gain valuable sea miles towards his Ocean Yacht master certificate. But gale-force winds and on-passage incidents meant he got more experience than he bargained for..
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Not learning from experience!
Feb 1996 p24  (1.00 pages)
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Why do I carry on 'trusting to luck'.
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Aground
Aug 2002 p104-106
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Author: Peter Holt
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Learning Curve: Running aground on sandbank near Goodwin Sands
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A little circumnavigation - aground in Shetland
Oct 1992 p34
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How to run aground in the Virgin Islands
Nov 1994 p28
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