Cover image for Adlard Coles' heavy weather sailing.
Adlard Coles' heavy weather sailing.
Coles, K. Adlard (Kaines Adlard)
Thirtieth anniversary edition / Peter Bruce.
Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : International Marine, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 296 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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VK543 .C64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Since this book was written over 30 years ago by the great British sailor K. Adlard Coles, it has become the standard work on seamanship under gale conditions. More than 100,000 English-language copies have been printed, and there are editions in French, German, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and Spanish. The thirtieth-anniversary edition of this classic includes sections on parachute sea anchors and drogues, crew fitness, and management advice, and new material on meteorology and on seasick remedies. Ample advice from great sailors such as Oiln Stephens, Robin Knox-Johnston, and Val Haigh is augmented by new material by Dag Pike and Mike Golding. Also new in this edition is a section on multihulls in heavy weather. Part 1 provides expert advice for crews of any vessel that ventures out of sight of land, whether for racing or cruising. It gives a clear message of seamanlike design features, preparations, and tactics that should be considered against the time when it comes on to blow. Part 2 offers hair-raising accounts of sail and power yachts overtaken by heavy weather. New in this edition are accounts of the 1998 Sydney - Hobart disaster, the 1994 Queen's Birthday storm off New Zealand, as well as other storm stories from the world's oceans. No one who goes to sea in his or her own craft can afford to ignore the advice in Adlard Coles' Heavy Weather Sailing. Dramatic black-and-white photos of storm seas combine with 60 new color shots throughout the book.

Table of Contents

ForewordSir Peter Blake
Part 1 Expert Advice
1 Yacht design and construction for heavy weatherOlin J Stephens II
2 The stability of yachts in large breaking wavesAndrew Claughton
3 Design trends of yachts in respect of heavy weatherPeter Bruce
4 Spars and rigging considerations for heavy weatherMatthew Sheahan
5 Preparations for heavy weatherPeter Bruce
6 The use of drag devices in heavy weatherPeter Bruce
7 The meteorology of heavy weatherRichard Ebling
8 WavesSheldon Bacon
9 Managing a large amateur racing crewMike Golding
10 Crew fitness in heavy weatherNoel Dilly and Cathy Foster
11 Handling motor yachts in heavy weatherDag Pike
12 Multihull tactics in heavy weatherGavin Lesueur
13 Monohull heavy weather tacticsPeter Bruce
Part 2 Storm Experiences
14 North Sea galeAdlard Coles
15 A variety of storms and weather phenomena, 1938 - 1997Adlard Coles and Peter Bruce
16 Extreme weather south of IcelandJohn Wilson
17 The 1979 FastnetPeter Bruce
18 Sudestada off BrazilStig Larsen
19 Channel storm of 1987Peter Bruce
20 Rolled near home in Morning SkyOliver Roome
21 A Pacific storm to rememberErnest Val Haigh
22 The Queen's Birthday storm of 1994Peter Bruce
23 North Atlantic weather seen from a family catamaranRichard Herbert
24 An autumn Biscay stormJames Burdett
25 A winter storm off the south-west coast of AustraliaDeborah Schutz
26 Orca's last cruiseMaggie Robin Ansell
27 An experience with a sea anchorTim Trafford
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