Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing: Book Review

Adlard Coles’ Heavy Weather Sailing
Edited by Peter Bruce, 6th Edition
Adlard Coles Nautical – £35
ISBN: 978-0-7136-8243-4
Hardback 304 pages

At sea, the weather can change drastically for the worst. Even when sailing small trips in seemingly good conditions. This book is a perfect guide to helping deal with those times.

Peter Bruce has revamped what is considered the yachtsman’s Bible on dealing with heavy weather. With many of the original chapters re-written and new information added the book now has the latest systems and techniques as well as the tried and tested methods, from the simplest methods, through to those used by the navy and coastguard and also including information on how to deal mentally and physically with fatigue and stress.

All storms are slightly different but this book has the knowledge to help you get through. With information drawn from a wide variety of sources from yachting legend Olin Stephens, to those who have survived terrible times at sea, this book ties together many facts and presents them in a readable and informative manner. With chapters on weather prediction and how to survive the worst that the skies and seas throw at you, this title should be on every sailor’s reading list.

Posted September 2008

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