“One of the reasons I wanted to sail east-to-west around Cape Horn was to take video shots proving that small vessels can safely weather storms if they are well outfitted and efficiently handled,” Larry Pardey stated after his record-breaking voyage. Lin and Larry completed their against-the-wind rounding of the Great Southern Capes on board their engineless 29' Taleisin earlier this year, weathering nine days of storm-force winds to reach Puerto Montt in Chile. There they interviewed several high-latitude voyagers, prepared the narrative, and shot further detailed footage to complete the Storm Tactics video, a project Lin and Larry conceived almost ten years ago.
“Too many people see their cruising dreams derailed because of their fear of storms. We wanted to product a program that encouraged people by giving them a plan of action-one that showed storm sails working and a small boat coming through some major blows without drama or damage. Even more important, I wanted to show how the sailor’s safety valve—heaving-to-works, and the slick it creates. It’s hard for people to imagine the almost magic effect of a slick as it saps the power of breaking waves,” Larry says. “Now I have video to show it.”
Additional footage for this 90-minute program has been provided by Australia’s WinzTV Images include aerial and off-the-boat views of small boats sailing in 70-know winds (Force 12) Available in VHS and DVD Besides actual storm tactics, the program includes information on securing gear, checking rigging, and gaining confidence before setting sail The para-anchor setup is shown in detail for Taleisin as well as for modern boats, such as Beth Leonard and Evans Starzinger’s water-ballasted 47-fotter, Hawk Lin and Larry Pardey have now voyaged more than 170,000 miles, including both east-about and west-about circumnavigations They have made passages on 20 different boats, ranging in size from their own 24'4" and 29'6" self-built cutters through modern racing boats to 85-foot classic schooners
*Compatibility Warning: This video is in NTSC format. NTSC format is standard in North America. In most of Europe, Asia, and South America, the PAL format is used. If you live outside of North America, check to see if your VCR will play NTSC videos.