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So far the worst weather I have been have been Force 8 at basin of the Baltic 35 kn and Force 10 55 kn in the Finnish Archipelago. I have not yet been in a huge storm tropical revolving storm, but here are some of my experiences. We left our homown Espoo in late July 2010 with our H 35 Caprice and headed to Visby, Sweden. Our intention was to participate at the Visby Middle Ages Week, the largt annual history re enactment event in Scandinavia. It usually takes 3 to 4 days to sail from Helsinki to Visby over the open, somewhat more following the coastline and archipelago. We headed for the open. We had read the weather report, and it promised foul weather, but we had schedule and thought wed get bluewater experience of bad weather. The first night was okay. We reached Hanko Peninsula the next morning. I saw altostratus clouds gathering at the Wt. The weather was still survivable, and we did steady 5–6 kn with spinnaker at bearing 240. Wind was from NE. We set the spinnaker down, set jib small and put 1 reef on mainsail and prepared for the next day. The next day emerged foul. The altostratus had turned into nimbostratus, and it rained. Wind rose, and so did the waves. Baltic is very shallow 459 m at deept and waves are short, sharp and choppy. The wave height was some 3 m from trough to top, and wave length some 10–12 m. We got Gotska Sandön at sight at 1900, and we saw a storm front approaching. It was like a dark grey wall. I said We cannot overtake that, we cannot run away that, we cannot get around that, we must push through. We lowered all sails and put diesel on, and headed straight thhrough it. It was the core of a cyclone. When they say calm before a storm, it really was that. It was eerily calm, but the pressure was abysmally low and unsteady. We pressed on, closed all hatches and through hulls, and the crew gangway. We dressed in oilski.ns and had tea in thermos. BANG! The hell turned loose. It was an unforgettable lightning show. And we realized our mast would be the only high point around miles. The lightnings flashed and lit the sky in eerie purple light. Thunderbolts and lightnings, very, very frightening, yeah!, I thought on my mind. Our diesel roared faithfully. It did not need electricity. It lasted for two hours. The sun was about to set, and wind rose. We would have tailwind now, and I hoisted the storm jib. We locked the boom we would go with storm jib only. Our wind indicator showed 17 m/s readings. It soon became pitch black dark. The only light was our navigation light, which showed eerily the waves. It was if we had been closed in a sick crossbreed of a roller coaster and washing machine. The log and GPS showed 8 kn speed with that storm jib size of a stamp! I timated the wave height as 5 m from trough to bottom, and wave length some 20 m. Nobody could sleep. We were tired at the wee hours. Then we lost electricity. Our GPS quit the co.ntract. Fortunately I had made the logbook pedantly, and I had readings where we were. I marked the time on logbook and told to keep the direction. The storm settled by 0400, when the morning twilight rose. I could see the stars, but not coastline, so I took s.extant and took the readings of Deneb and Kochab, and did the astro. We are now back at the eighties, I thought. Mom and Dad sailed to Visby this way. Awfully tedious! There are 17 steps and calculations to determine the position by Marc St. Hilaire method. But my calculations were correct wed be very close to Gotland, and if wed keep the bearing, wed arrive to Visby by afternoon. Once we got Gotland to sight, it was littoral navigation thereafter. Magnetic compass doesnt need electricity, and I can navigate the old fashioned way. We arrived to Visby and made to marina with sails. The reason for losing the electricity was stupid we had had car bulbs on navigation lights, and they had drained the batteries. We could not use the diesel. The first thing to buy were quick charger and new LED lights. We did it to opening ceremony of the Middle Ages Week, where we met our friends. They told us they had faced the same storm on the ferry, and been scared for lifeand for our lives as they know wed sail there. Next morning I met a Latvian girl in the marina shower, who had been in the same storm. She told me she will fly back hom.e and never put her feet again onboard a yacht… After the wonderful week we headed back to Finland. I had calculated a cyclone would pass over, and wed get to sail on its tail on tailwind SW to Finland. The plan was excellent. There was just one little fault on that plan. The goddamn cyclone changed its direction. Our first day back hom.e was nice, and by midnight we had crossed Gotska Sandön. We had now full batteries and LED navigation lights, and enough juice on batteries.
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