Paul Hurley, who participated in our Storm Tactics online webinar on February 12, 2011, sent the following comments:
Thanks to Lee for a great webinar, as well as Tom and you Rita.
I didn't know what to expect for a 2 hour seminar, but I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail for hoving to and for deploying a sea anchor. I've done both (sea anchor just on the dock in training), but still picked up many good pointers on both. The pics from the MD School of Sailing trip were great. Though they couldn't provide tremendous detail, they will be gems in combination with illustrations from books I've already read. Illustrations just can't show the actual environment in which you must attempt to perform these tasks.
:-) Also, knowing that everyone was alright, I found that I was taking some guilty pleasure in seeing that other sail trips experienced even greater wind & seas than the one I took; Norfolk to Bermuda in June of 2009; if I remember the dates correctly. After having experienced 45kts of wind and 12ft waves during that trip, I can't imagine the 25-33ft seas described during the webinar. I think it's a testament to the skill and experience of the Maryland School of Sailing Instructor/Captains that these types of trips are actually valuable learning experiences instead of emergencies.
I look forward to other webinars and in-person classes in the future.