Heavy Weather Tactics for Sailing

March 7, 2013 @ 12:30 am – 2:00 am
Croton Point Park
14 Croton Point Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Chris Grieco

When the going gets rough, you may be put in a position of learning first hand what to do. This class is intended to give you information, so you are prepared for those rough days at sea, especially when they come up unexpectedly.

At the next Ferry Sloops monthly meeting, on Wednesday, March 6, captain and sailing instructor, Lenny Lipton, will present a class on “Heavy Weather Tactics for Sailing”, in the Nature Center at Croton Point Park.

This presentation is designed to share expert information on what to look for, what to do and more importantly, what not to do. The class will give you valuable information on how to be prepared.

Topics include:

  • Wind and sea – the relationship between wind duration and fetch
  • Waves – wave forms
  • The effects of tide and current and reflected/refracted waves
  • Weather signs, seeing indicators of wind shifts, clouds, etc.
  • The importance of establishing your position
  • Boat handling – the effects of seas on the boat (power and sail)
  • Tactics including anchoring
  • Safety
  • Staying on board
  • Man over board
  • Clothing
  • Check list


Also included, will be an overview of how GPS works and its on-the-water applications. Learn about waypoints, chart-plotting, and tips on buying a GPS receiver.

Instructor’s Bio

Lenny Lipton has been heavily involved in the Hudson River environmental movement, working with Clearwater and and Ferry Sloops. Over a 20 year period, Len was active in teaching, conducting guest sails on the Sojourner Truth and later the Whimbrel, as well as helping develop the ‘program’ presented during guest sails.

Len has taught for the US Power Squadrons, the Coast Guard Auxilliary, various yacht clubs and sailing groups, and has held a US Coast Guard Master’s certificate.

He currently is on the faculty at Landfall Navigation’s school. He is also a longtime member of Sheldrake YC in Mamaroneck, where he has held positions in membership, program, and race committee, and the board of directors, and is Past Commodore.

Ferry Sloops’ monthly meetings are held at the Nature Center in Croton Point Park on the first Wednesday of each month. Our potluck supper begins at 6:30PM, followed by our meeting at 7:00PM and guest at 7:30PM. The meetings are open to all current members and non-members interested to learn more about Ferry Sloops.


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