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18.11.2011 Stanislav Tryzna: The Storm in Adriatic. How We Acted. Part 2
Stanislav Tryzna: The Storm in Adriatic. How We Acted. Part 2

 “Pass the Helm to Stas”



Trying to avoid spontaneous tacking I bore away. Keeping high speed I had the possibility to meet collapsing crest by the bow, the strongest part of the hull. The rest of the momentum was enough to control the boat, to put it back on the course and to increase speed again. I did not care about race. My only wish was to reach the Italian shore safely. The shore to the South of the city Otranto protected from waving well. Later on recalling that storm I caught myself thinking that looking at the lights in the night where I was striving I did not care about what was the state there, what kind of political regime there, what kind of people live thereor whether people live there at all. Indifference towards politics of seafaring revealed clearly. That fact probably inspired me to keep on providing this courageous work in future.


Similar errors in controlling yacht in head sea resulting into spontaneous tacking I met a year before in Dnieper-Bug estuary. So I would like to emphasize this kind of mistakes happens in stormy head sea when wave is very steep. Moreover overwhelmingly the directions of waves in storms are perpendicular.


At the dawn we approached the shore. The wind diminished and wave laid down. I calmed down. My organism “recalled” that it had not slept for 48 hours. At first in my life I turned into a being incapable to raise its own eyelids. Skipper Petukhov noticed that and Oleg went on the watch.



Following Sea


After having finished the race, on our way to Odessa in the Strait of Otranto we got into a storm very similar to the previous one. But this time it was following storm in light day. Again we took in second reef (maximum). We decided not to change a jib of average size to a storm one. Of course we were worrying about our rigging but the desire to escape hissing collapsing crests due to high speed was very big. It was dryly to follow storm but nevertheless frightfully for a novice. This time Anton did not want to rest in the cabin. He sat at the helm and held the fort 12 hours at a run having crossed 100 miles. We congratulated him with this achievement by improvised forming-up in the cockpit.  


Before Storms I Sleep My Fill “In Advance”


In this passage, Odessa-Rimini-Corfu-Odessa, I realized at first how important the speed is while storming. Since than during long passages I try to sleep my fill “in advance” if I have a bare possibility in order to rub through sleepless days and nights. Generally the storms rarely exceed 20 hours. And if this precautious is in vain that makes me just happy.


What is important in storms it is dress. It is difficult to tear off the hands from the steering wheel or tiller during a gale. And it is not worth once again to go the cockpit from cabin to adjust a hood on the helmsman’s head. 


Steering is the best mean against seasickness. That is why it causes conflicts often. To avoid them it is better to abide the steering bill.