Ocean weather and sea state affects every aspect of our sport, from enjoyment and success to safety. To help mariners develop a fundamental understanding of marine weather, sea state, and associated forecasts, the CCA sponsored a one-day symposium in early 2018 at the MITAGS Conference Center in Linthicum Heights, Maryland.
Knowing what weather is coming is as important to sailors as how to raise a sail, steer the boat, or how to tack.
Frequently we move some of our safety thinking to the back when on a charter vacation. Life is good, we are laid back, so we are not thinking of safety. But squalls happen, so here are some thoughts about COB recovery.
Despite my better judgment, I was coerced into delivering a 40’ cruising sloop up the coast from Oceanside to Moss Landing in early December, a distance of 350 nautical miles. While December weather can be relatively flat and beautiful, it can also deliver mid-latitude low after mid-latitude low for weeks and virtually eliminate any chance of making a safe or comfortable passage.