Watch UK Halseys video on using storm sails
Any boat that goes to sea needs to carry storm sails, but more importantly, your crew needs to have practiced using them ahead of time. With the wind howling, you don’t want to be looking at the storm trysail for the very first time. You want to know that the tack line was pre-marked and you need to know that there is at least one sheet permanently attached to the clew. It’s the same with the storm jib, you want to know that sheets are attached and you know where to set the leads. This video from UK Halsey click here to watch shows you how to use storm sails and encourages you to go out and sail with them in moderate conditions so that you’ll be ready for that gale when it comes.