The winds arrive / 27 February 2012
N1212.44’ W09708.95 25/2/12. Since we left San Diego a month ago it’s been smooth sailing. Good practice for our new cadets. I have to say everyone has been improving, especially Rob, Jayde and Sala. Tonight 30 knot winds and up with big waves are forecasted. In any bad weather it’s always best to be prepared beforehand. The va’a and its occupants will truly be tested on their seamanship. We adjust rigging and secure away loose items, also distributing weight evenly between the two hulls concentrating the weight on stern center boards. Safety for the crew is of utmost importance and first thing is wearing lifejackets. Tonight I know that we will be flying of up to 18 knots or more waves of up to 8 meters crashing and breaking over the deck. I have faith in our va’a, our skipper and crew mates. Best thing to do when sailing in foul weather is let the adrenaline rush and enjoy yourself.