A lot can happen during 400 sea-miles… but being prepared can help.
by Michael Herz
“It was a dark and stormy night…” Three friends and I were delivering Flying Circus, my 2001 36-foot Seawind catamaran, from Bras d’Or Lake in Nova Scotia to Rockland, Maine. Even though this was mid-September, weather Web sites had given us some confidence that we were in between hurricanes and tropical storms and would likely face some wind on the nose, but nothing greater than about 15 knots.
It was the third night out and we were well into our 400-mile voyage, motoring southwest directly into 25 knot to 30-knot winds and 10-foot seas. My watch partner and I had just begun our midnight to 4am watch and both the radar and the horizon were empty.