This is a collection of videos of heavy weather sailing – the links are to YouTube entries.
I am full of admiration for the crew who decided to get the video camera out in these conditions – I suspect that if it had been me I would have had other things on my mind !
….By this time the wind velocity was exceeding 50 knots, and the head seas had built to enormous proportions. For the next 36 hours we were to be confronted with headwinds of 55 knots at the wave tops, and the head seas were actually breaking every third or fourth wave. We estimated the wave heights at more than 40 feet. None of the three of us had ever encountered conditions this severe, and we huddled over which of the available strategies to consider….
This clip is a training video from Bennet Marine … its an introduction to some of the things you need to consider if you find yourself in force 8 and above ;-)..
If you want to understand weather helm and lee helm one of the clearest explanations I have seen is on John Ellsworth's web site here…and also on the BoatUS site here … >…and some info on sail trim at Northsails site here
Please be patient there are quite a few clips and they take about 30 secs to load up…..