Whether it's 50-knot gusts or rolling ocean swell, rain coming in sideways or thunder booming in the distance, there's no question: sailing in storms in the true test of seamanship. Check out our gallery of incredible storm sailing on everything from massive ocean-going race boats to simple sailboards.
Everything we have no idea: where that is or who is steering that vessel. What we can say for certain: those tend to be stormy seas, and tiny sails. This is the time to brace yourself, reef the main, and obtain out the blade sails.
Sailing in a violent storm © John Lund
Near the wind
Forget Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes asking through big seas off the Brit shore on Hugo employer. Spare a thought for cruising professional photographer Mark Lloyd who had been shooting from a helicopter. “It was directly on the restrictions, ” he claims.
The Hugo Employer IMOCA 60 battles huge British seas © Lloyd Images
Emirates Team New Zealand pierces through the search through the AUDI MedCup. We are going to guess the team got wet.
Emirates Team New Zealand © Ian Roman
Imposing Tazzy waves
Dany Bruch in the Mission 2 for the Red Bull Storm Chase in Temma Harbour, Tasmania. It took a storm with power 10 winds to make waves this dimensions.
Dany Bruch in Tasmania © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
Dany Bruch, again, during the Red Bull Storm Chase on Bluff in Cornwall, The united kingdomt. Wetsuit required – this is in February!
Dany Bruch off Cornwall, England © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool
A Volvo Ocean Race vessel actually your average lake-side dinghy. Virtually every manoeuvre included – tacking, jibing, or increasing the sails – needs a rehearsed, choreographed work from the crew. If the weather goes awry, the stakes get a lot higher.
Team work © Jen Edney/edneyap.com
Storms don't just happen on sea. A racer into the Optimist course waits out some climate during a regatta in Trieste, Italy.
Mini Barcolana Race, Trieste © Carlo Borlenghi
Foam and fun
Rough seas and whitewater throughout the The united states's Cup Final near Queensland.
America's Cup Final rough ocean © Carlo Borlenghi
only a little bow spray
The bow of a battle vessel pierces through surf in the Portofino Rolex Trophy.
Portofino Rolex Trophy 2011 © ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi
Beginning Malta and available Sicily and its countries, the Rolex center water Race passes two energetic volcanos. The circumstances during the time of the image taken were extreme – blowing around 35 knots (65kph) with huge seas.
Extreme conditions at Rolex Middle Water Race © Kurt Arrigo
Rain coming over the deck laterally through the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in Cascais, Portugal.
Onboard circumstances in Cascais © Ian Roman/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Soloing a violent storm
Here is the best way on train for the Vendée world – a solo-skippered regatta around the world, plus one of the very most tough events in sailing.
Bertrand De Broc's ship challenging the harsh water © Vincent Curutchet / Deep Frame/DPPI
French sailor François Gabart during a 24-hour, bad-weather education sail in Brittany. Positive thing most storms do not last all day long.