“In a storm at sea, luck is highly biased toward the sailor who has a plan.” So write Lin and Larry Pardey in this, the third edition of their highly regarded Storm Tactics Handbook.
As in the first two editions of this book, they describe their concerns about the tendency of modern sailors to discard the classic methods used to bring sailing vessels of all sizes—from vast clipper ships to tiny yachts—through amazingly strong winds and heavy seas. “There is only one storm tactic that has the ability to sap the power of breaking seas,” they explain. With clear and concise diagrams, they proceed to show how heaving-to works and how even the most modern of yachts can be made to heave-to, whether with only sail power or with the assistance of a sea anchor. A discussion of the many ways heaving-to can be useful at sea—as a way to help the crew keep well rested, to effect repairs, to steady a vessel should outside assistance ever be necessary—will convince even those who plan to run before their imagined “ultimate storm” that heaving-to is still a “must know.”
A series of user-friendly checklists will help sailors from the moment they start looking for their perfect offshore boat, through outfitting, and as they encounter their first storms at sea. Highly readable stories of the Pardeys’ encounters with storms, and of experiences related by several other modern sailors, help illustrate and expand the points made in this book.
Since writing the previous edition of Storm Tactics Handbook
, Lin and Larry have voyaged an additional 35,000 miles. This has taken them as far north as Norway, twice across the Atlantic, south to Argentina, into the Pacific, around Cape Horn against the prevailing winds, and then on a circuit of the North Pacific. With insights gained from these recent voyages, they have fully revised and expanded this text by more than 40 percent, including nine completely new chapters. New material includes:
Lessons from Cape Horn
An interview with the late Sir Peter Blake, on storm survival and heaving-to
Heaving-to using a Galerider on 55-foot Morgan’s Cloud
Adding rudder protection stops
Discussions on avoiding chafe, building and using storm staysails, choosing storm gear, deploying para-anchors, avoiding the worst areas of cyclonic storms, and many more have been expanded to answer many questions posed by readers and seminar attendees.
Mario Vittone, a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer for 14 years, in an unsolicited testimony, wrote: “I have been on several rescues (and heard of many more) that would have been completely unnecessary if the sailboat captains aboard would have . . . practiced the skills taught by Lin and Larry Pardey. Not knowing how to heave-to in bad weather is as inexcusable as not knowing ‘red, right, return’.”
Previous editions of Storm Tactics Handbook
have sold more than 32,000 copies worldwide. As recently as November 2007, the second edition—ten years after its publication—was consistently #1 on Amazon.com for instructional sailing books and #2 for atmospheric science.
What the reviewers had to say about the second edition of Storm Tactics Handbook—
“We seldom review a book twice, but there are exceptions for exceptional books and this is one.”—Classic Boat
“Adds an unusual amount and degree of experience and careful thought to the ancient, ongoing debate about storm survival.”—John Rousmaniere, author, Annapolis Book of Seamanship
“Covers storm management on small and large boats, boats of traditional and modern design. Storm Tactics was just what I needed.”— Pat Henry, Sail Magazine
“The lesson Storm Tactics has to teach is based on sound principles gained from often painful experience. All sailors, regardless of experience, can learn something from this book.”— Journal of the American Sailing Association
“I’ve told countless people it’s required reading before they set off on the long way.”—Tom Cunliffe, sailor and author
“I hope this book gets into many hands. I really believe it will save some lives. Surely it will result in cruising sailors’ going through gales at sea in a lot more comfort and with a lot more confidence.”—Roger C. Taylor, author, Elements of Seamanship
“We all hope never to meet that ultimate storm, but if we sail long enough offshore we probably will. Read Storm Tactics Handbook first.”—Anne Hammick, Ocean Cruising Club Journal, UK
“Hope never to meet the storm, but study this book closely just in case.”— Practical Boat Owner, UK
“Every serious sailor should get this book. And read it, read it, read it . . . .”— Gerry Kidd, Pacific Yachting, Canada
“For anyone going offshore in a sailboat, this book is a must read and should be kept on board for reference.”—Pacific Yachting, Canada
“More important, perhaps, than life savings, these tactics allow the crew to rest during storms, preventing fear and tiredness from turning a mere storm into a disaster.”—Bob Duke, Dockside
“Proper storm management is not sending Maydays. How many voyagers can really heave-to, set a sea anchor, or set storm sails? The Pardeys tell you how and why to do it.”—John Kettlewell, Ocean Voyager
“Likely to become a classic contribution to seagoing safety.”—Practical Boat Owner, UK
“The Pardeys succeed in serving up a five-course meal for the brain.”—Don Long, 48°North
“Will cause you to think in a more positive way about dealing with heavy weather, consequently increasing your confidence.”—W. M. Nixon, Yachting World
“Don’t just purchase Storm Tactics Handbook and put it aboard on the book-shelf to stay unread until bad weather threatens. Read it now and Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!”—Ken Searle, Royal Akarana Yacht Club Journal, New Zealand
“Whether you are an offshore cruiser or an inshore day boat, this is a volume that makes compulsive and compulsory reading. One day it might even save your vessel or your life.”—Paul Gelder, Yachting Monthly, UK
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
“After voyaging tens of thousands of engineless miles under sail, penning more useful marine books than Hiscock and Moitessier combined, and receiving more awards for their pursuits than Tom Hanks has for his, Lin and Larry Pardey are entitled to their well-earned nautical opinions.”—Herb McCormack, editor-at-large, Cruising World
Lin and Larry Pardey have been called “the enablers.” Their books and videos have encouraged sailors of all ages to stop dreaming and start doing. The knowledge they share has been earned during the more than four decades they have been voyaging together, years during which they completed both eastabout and westabout circumnavigations on board their own self-built, engine-free cutters, Seraffyn and Taleisin. During their most recent east-to-west voyage, they sailed below four of the great Southern Capes, including Cape Horn. An avid racing sailor from the age of 17, Larry worked as first mate on the 140-ton, 85-foot schooner Double Eagle, voyaging on her to Hawaii and along the coast of Mexico before meeting Lin. Larry, along with Leslie Dyball, won first on handicap in the exceptionally stormy 1974 Round Britain two-handed race. Lin and Larry have delivered more than two dozen boats across oceans and raced on their own and others’ boats. To date, Lin has sailed almost 185,000 miles and Larry has accumulated more than 200,000 miles at sea.
In 1996, Larry received the International Oceanic Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation, presented by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, for meritorious voyaging using traditional navigation methods. During the same year, Lin received the Ocean Cruising Award for being the person who has “done the most to foster and encourage ocean cruising in small craft and the practice of seamanship and navigation in all branches.” In 2000, both were inducted into the Cruising World Hall of Fame.
Lin and Larry’s articles have appeared in Cruising World, Sail, Good Old Boat, Wooden Boat, Practical Sailor, Yachting World, Yachting Monthly, Classic Boat (UK), Cruising Helmsman (Australia), Boating New Zealand, South African Yachting, Nautica Brazil, and Yacht (Germany).
Their books and video programs have been published in the United States, England, and New Zealand; three have been translated into German and Japanese.
Lin and Larry now explore the coast of California on board Taleisin during the Northern Hemisphere summers. During the Southern Hemisphere summers, they reside in New Zealand, where they cruise and race on their 113-year-old classic gaff-rigged cutter, Thelma.