The topic of Heavy Weather Sailing is always high on the list of concerns to Vancouver Island fleet members and we were privileged to have Tony Gooch available to cover it as well as he always does. On January 9, the attendance was significantly up, with 16 people from seven boats attending in-person and four others participating online via the Zoom platform to hear about Tony’s views and experiences dealing with the rigors of offshore sailing in heavy weather. He discussed the options available to sailors and emphasized the importance of preparation of the boat and crew ahead of time.
Tony discussed the merits of having an autopilot, as well as wind vane steering available, and the virtues of series drogues and other speed control devices.
This was the first time a Vancouver Island Fleet presentation was made available to all BCA Fleet members and the experience was well received by three Vancouver Fleet members. The session was recorded and after the editing is complete, will be made available on the BCA web site.