HANG ONTO YOUR RUDDER

It is unusual for a modern yacht to lie a’hull in a storm, but if this should ever be your lot, lash your helm amidships. If you lash the tiller to leeward and the boat gathers way after being knocked into a downwind attitude by a sea, she may well luff up towards the crest of the next one. She will almost certainly stall before she reaches the top and then be thrown astern onto her rudder. If this is not secured in the yacht’s fore-and-aft line either it or the steering gear may suffer damage.