Being caught out in a storm is every sailor's worst nightmare. Doubts and fears are hard to banish when a boat is being battered by the elements. Will the helmsman cope with the huge waves piling up behind? Can the rigging take the strain? Should you weather the storm or run for shelter? A storm needn't end in disaster, and being prepared for bad weather is the best way to ensure that. This book is packed with practical advice to help sailors cope, explaining how storms develop, how to avoid them, and survival tactics if they can't be avoided. It also includes information on design features for heavy weather, handling crew, what to do in emergencies, and much more.