Originally Posted by jbosborn
How dangerous are tropical storms (TS) and tropical depressions (TD)?
G'Day Again, JB,
How dangerous are TD's and TS's?? Well, by definition, storm force winds, included in the TS category, range from 48 to 64 knots, above which they are classified as a hurricane
waters. Ann and I survived a named TS (Gil) in late August 1983 whilst en route
from SF to Oahu
, sailing in our S&S 30. Did we survive? Yep. Did we wish we were elsewhere? Yep. So far, it sounds like the romantic challenge... but consider that we were more than a thousand miles off shore and could and did run with it. Had we been close to the Baja
coast we would have been in deep do-do IF the winds had been onshore in direction. I think that I am safe in saying that no "sub 30 foot" yacht can make much headway to windward in coastal waters and winds of 50-60 knots, even when sailed by experts, let alone a recent graduate of Sailing 101,2,3 and even 4...n! Now upgrade those winds to even a mere Cat one hurricane
, and I think that one can conclude that survival becomes a matter of where you get blown ashore. I can hardly believe that you have been advised to "not worry about hurricanes", but as usual, the range of advice found on the internet
Actually, I note that you have not yet advised us of exactly what sort of boat you have, nor what its equipment
level might be. If you would favor us with that info, perhaps some more specific advice might be forthcoming. I believe that most of us on the forum wish only the best for you, and that includes surviving to participate here in the future.
and the Sea of Cortez
are indeed wonderful cruising grounds, ones that we have enjoyed immensely. But as in so many things, timing is everything, and your original schedule, or any one that includes the southbound passage
during summer months is not a wise one.
Hang in there, mate... you have a lot of years left to follow this dream.
Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II lying Church Point, NSW, Oz