For those that attended the excellent POA # 5, the materials are posted here.
BIG PICTURE WEATHER SITES
- Ocean Prediction Center (a biggie – you should know this site… drill down and save links to favored items such as surface chart – etc)
It was a great set of presentations.
They're attached here. See also John Jourdane's notes on maintaining sail control in increasing winds, which have been made a KB Article of their own.
SHIFTING GEARS – keeping the boat under control by the adjusting or changing sails
Monitor wind strength and sea state closely, and adjust sails according to changes in conditions as they occur. This keeps the boat sailing most efficiently, avoids heavy rolling, excess weather helm and heel and promotes crew confidence and comfort.
As the breeze freshens to the 11-to 16-knot range, you have various adjustments at hand to prevent overpowering before reefing or rolling in headsails: