Re :[Amel Yacht Owners] Slowing down in increasing winds
christian alby <calbyy@...>
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Just arrived in Funchal, Madeira, after 27 days crossing, beating most of the time, & rerouted from original destination Horta, due to stormy conditipns SW of Azores on the 16-17/04.
Headed East in 45 kn winds, gusting 50+, & 7 M waves (weather report confimed) with period 11" crossed.
Mainsail down to 3rd reef, mizzen down to 2nd, genoa rolled down to 1/4, then replaced by 17sqm jib (heavy, stiff), beating all the way during 28 hrs at 60° off the wind.
Speed over ground 7 to 9 kn in wildest gusts.
Our Big Mama of a Maramu (only 46 ft) took it quietly, rudder kept soft & easy to handle as long as we kept the speed; worst was when luffing (change of helmsman).
We then had a good 8 days beating in 35-40 kn winds (increasing to 40 at night).
Never would have gone for escaping by running downwind, even though close to the decision if the sea had been rougher, then planned on furling the main & running with mizzen 2 reefs + 17sqm jib on a pole at 130° - 150° off the wind, depending on waves conditions.
Read Adlard Coles, heard the stories, shared experience & still believe that our boats are so rigid that they can handle the speed & keep going in rough conditions.
Heave to would be my way out in super heavy cpnditions.
Otherwise, weathe reports & barometer, & an eye for clouds formations give a good warning to choose escape routes.
Christian alby - Desirade VIII - maramu 116 - Nova marina Funchal