In this segment from Storm Tactics: Cape Horn Tested, Larry Pardey explains how to practice heaving to at the dock so you can check out your gear and learn how to deploy it.
Storm Tactics delivers the skills you need to weather storms with confidence. It's the next best thing to having Lin and Larry onboard, coaching you on storm tactics as the seas build and the rigging howls.
Besides actual storm tactics, the video includes information on securing gear, checking rigging, and gaining confidence before setting sail. Heaving to with a para-anchor setup is shown in detail for Taliesin as well as for modern boats, such as Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger’s water-ballasted 47-footer, Hawk.
“One of the reasons I wanted to sail east-to-west around Cape Horn was to take video shots proving that small vessels can safely weather storms if they are well outfitted and efficiently handled,” Larry Pardey stated after his record-breaking voyage. Lin and Larry completed their against-the-wind rounding of the Great Southern Capes on board their engineless 29-foot Taliesin, weathering nine days of storm-force winds to reach Puerto Montt in Chile. There they interviewed several high-latitude voyagers, prepared the narrative, and shot further detailed footage to complete the Storm Tactics video, a project Lin and Larry conceived almost ten years earlier.