Skip Novak’s Storm Sailing Videos

28 Jan

If a picture is worth a thousand words, videos are worth millions. Skip Novak’s series of storm sailing videos are great for learning technique and outfitting. Skip Novak crewed and skippered multiple Whitbreads, and was among the first generation of yachtsmen to cruise and explore Antarctica. I’ve never met Skip, but I got friendly with his crews while down in Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica, and enjoyed a few meals aboard Pelagic Australis, his 74-foot expedition beast (Thanks, Skip). I also got a tour of Pelagic, his original, 54-foot steel cutter. Both vessels embody the ethos of simplicity and robustness. You too can tour both vessels (above, in Part 2).

It’s very hard to film on deck, especially in nasty weather, so these kinds of videos are hard to come by. It’s nice to see that even Skip Novak, with a full crew, can thrash around for half an hour setting a sail in those conditions. Some of the scenery in the backgrounds is spectacular.

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This article was syndicated from The Adventures of the Vessel Condesa


  1. Kevin de Wet

    I have sailed a Stadt 22 on inland waters, but this is real sailing. Raising ones bench mark and putting ones skills against extreme elements,is challenging, rewarding and and exhilarating. Each story is a lesson. Thank you.

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