RUNNING BEFORE GALE

HASSE & COMPANY: PORT TOWNSEND SAILS

RUNNING BEFORE A GALE

* With reefed main and small headsail
* With stormsails
* Under bare poles
Dangers:
  • Accidental gybing (preventer--steering)
  • Violent rolling (vang, sheet leads forward)
  • Pooping (warps, slow boat, heave to)
  • Broaching to (warps, slow boat, heave to)
  • "Overwhelming"
  • Crew exhaustion