Working Through Storm Fronts

Typically, in a race such as the Global Challenge, do you think it best to avoid the severest of the weather by working one’s way to the safer side of the fronts, or is it quicker to just batten down and ‘go for it’ ? I look forward to hearing from you . – Chris

Hi Chris: There is no pat answer to your question. Depends on the capabilities of the boat – performance polars reaching and beating, and where you are relative to the storm system. On boats that reach really fast, like Open 60s, Whitbread 60s, or our Beowulf, it is typically better to stay reaching and sail a few extra miles. But my guess is that, with the heavier boats you will be sailing on, this might not pay in a racing context. Regards – Steve Dashew

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 1999)

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