At some stage all sailors encounter a storm at sea. How you react, cope and survive can become the stories you tell credulous grandchildren sitting on your knee for decades to come.
To assist your ability to survive and to entertain you for the month of March, this issue of Cruising Helmsman has storm survival as its feature. Three stories combine to take you on a whirlwind ride through a lightning strike a three week Pacific epic and even an educational science lesson on how to make yourself safe.
To temper the tempest we follow with a couple of more leisurely rides down some interesting parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Our boat test this month is the surprisingly big little boat the Sun Odyssey 319.
If you were thinking of tackling a circumnavigation, one couple tell-all on how they set their yacht up to cope with not only the tropical heat but also the chilling high latitudes.