Getting caught in heavy weather raises fear in most sailors. Luckily, modern weather forecast allows us to avoid bad weather for the most part. But what if a storm develops unexpectedly? Have you prepared your boat properly to deal with heavy winds? Have you thought about what sails you might carry? Will your reefing system perform in a blow? When it gets tough, which tactic will work for your boat: Running from the wind, passively riding out the storm or perhaps sail into the teeth of wind? Join Christof Marti in the discussion of heavy weather sailing and what you might want to think about to be better prepared should you be on the water in heavy weather. The focus of this seminar is not on "survival sailing conditions" but on heavy weather you can and will experience if you sail in the Pacific Northwest.
Christof sailed in all the local distant races including Van Isle 360 and cruised extensively off BC’s coast for the last 10 years. The culmination of his sailing experience to date is completing the Vic-Maui race in 2012 and return delivery. He since sailed two more times from Maui to Vancouver, introducing his crew to offshore sailing. He also sailed the Atlantic where due to technical issues a delivery ended in the Cape Verdes instead of the Caribbean. Christof operates Simply Sailing School passing along his passion for sailing. For 2018 he entered the boat Salient for the Vic-Maui race aboard.