2 February 2022

Missed our storm webinar?
Watch it here.

By Paul Knox-Johnston Sales & Marketing Manager (Marine)
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Storms and boating don’t make the best combination. If a storm is forecast, it’s time to get to work!


But, what should you be doing?

During this one hour long webinar, Colin Stracey, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Principle of Premier Sailing, discusses best practice and top tips for:

  1. Keeping your boat safe during a storm on her permanent mooring or when stored ashore on the hard
  2. Temporally mooring in a safe haven when bad weather is forecast and you are away from your home port
  3. Riding out a storm or bad weather at sea. Unfortunately life doesn’t always go to plan and sometimes you’re caught out.

Whether you’re out at sea, too far away from land to make a safe haven, or perhaps moored somewhere unfamiliar, or even just in your boats’ home berth. Having a good idea of what to do in the event of a storm is something that every sailor should know, and more importantly, have planned for. Sadly, sometimes even with the best preparation, the unexpected happens and you find yourself having to make a claim.

What is covered in this webinar?

In this webinar, our expert panel made up of Colin Stracey and Karl Davis (HK-J Claims Manager), will be discussing how to plan for the worst, the best steps to take to minimise risks and what to do if you find things have gone awry, alongside the most common types of claims made following storms. After a series of presentations, the webinar was opened up to the audience who asked questions such as:

  1. What are the benefits to heaving to rather than deploying a sea anchor or drogue?
  2. What is the difference between a sea anchor and drogue?
  3. Where should you take your snubber back to? Where should you tie off your snubber? The benefits of cleats versus winches to take a heavy load.
  4. If you have two anchors out in strong winds – will the tide change or wind shift cause a problem such as crossing chains?
  5. How should you bind a line or rope to stop chafe?
  6. How do you use a pipe to protect against chafe on mooring lines?
  7. When should you use storm sails?
  8. Which member of your crew should you put on the helm in bad weather?
  9. If you leave port with bad weather forecast, are you still insured?
  10. How do you choose where to anchor when “running for cover”?
  11. Who chooses the boats’ cradle when stored ashore?
  12. How do you antifoul under the blocks?
  13. Where can we learn more about rough weather sailing?

The recording of this webinar will be useful to anyone who sets foot on a boat. Freak weather is becoming more and more common and what to do if you get caught out, even if you’re only a mile from your home port and a committed fair weather sailor, is something that we should have a plan for. This webinar was brought to you by boat insurance agents, Haven Knox-Johnston and Euromarine Insurance and Colin Stracey from Premier Sailing.

Watch it here

About Colin Stracey

Colin started sailing aged 10 with 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts and has continued to sail throughout his working life. “I am forever indebted to the Scout Troop for giving me the skills and encouragement to sail.” After a career in the Merchant Navy with Union Castle Line, Colin retrained and worked in industry and the third sector, notably with the National Trust where he looked after commercial activities including Steam Yacht Gondola, and with CREATE Tottenham where he worked with disadvantaged young people.

If you would like more information on the courses or sailing opportunities which Premier Sailing offer, please follow the links to read the brochures on “sailing courses offered”, “Capitals Race” and “Sail Round Britain”.  Alternatively, visit their website to find out more: www.premiersailing.co.uk.