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Video: Sailing In Rough Weather

Updated on March 28, 2011


Sailing has been with man long before christ. Sailing is done by controlling the boat we pieces of canvas cloth called sails. The Power of sailing the boat is drived from the wind. By adjusting the rigging, rudder, and dagger, a sailor is able to manupilate the force of the wind on the sails in order to change the speed and direction of the boat. A boat or a sailing vessel is able to move forward because it has been pushed by the strength of the wind in that direction.

How The Energy For Sailing Is Generated

In sailing, it is not possible to move directly into the wind because the angle of attack would be zero. However, its possible to move in any other direction. One is able to do so by manipulating the relative movement of the wind and water speed. All what is necessary is a difference between the speed of the wind and the speed of water current. It is through combining the aerodynamic force from the wind(sails) and the hydrodynamic force from the water (hull) that will allow you to manupilate the boat in any direction other than directly into the wind direction. This is like squeezing wet soap in your hands and will shoot out perpendicular to the two forces of your hands – this is how the energy for sailing is generated.

Sail Boat

Sail Boat. Credit: Wikipedia
Sail Boat. Credit: Wikipedia

Rough Sea Conditions

Sailing is an art by itself and it takes time to learn. The wind and ocean current is the source of energy that you have to manipulate to power your manual boat. But too much of ocean currents and strong winds are not good either. They bring rough sea conditions. Manouvering a boat in rough weather due to the flow of the current, wind and sea conditions is very dangerous.


Rough weather conditions will include strong currents from sea breeze, land breeze, frontal systems, depressions and hurricanes. Fishermen make their living by working in these harsh conditions. Like other activities at sea, fishing is an enjoyable sport but deadly and the potential for disaster or tragidy is very high.

Watch this video which illustrates sailing in rough weather conditions.

Watch this video which illustrates sailing in rough weather conditions

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    • camdjohnston12 profile image

      camdjohnston12 6 years ago

      I agree to you GmaGoldie.Sailing needs expertise.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 8 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Sailing is truly a sport - that demands expertise. Thank you for taking us sailing with you on this hub. Very well done. And the video - wow! I am a fair weather sailer - life has rough waters so I will simply enjoy the view.

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      ngureco 8 years ago

      Thank you, Ralph Deeds, for passing-by. I never imagined you can be such a good instructor in sailing. Your daughter was 7th overall. - I am sure it's you who taught her that speed is an important tactic in this?

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Nice Hub. I sail on Lake St. Clair in Detroit. My children sail on San Francisco Bay. My daughter, Sarah, sailed in the Pacific Cup last summer double-handed in a Moore 24. The conditions were nothing like your video. They put the spinnaker up on the second day and kept it up for 10 days all the way to Hawaii. They took first in class and, as I recall, 7th overall. If you'll permit me bragging rights "I taught her everything she knows about sailing!" [Not true, by any means!]