Sailing in strong winds and big seas can be a daunting prospect, but knowing what to expect, how to prepare and what to do when do find yourself sailing in heavy weather can give you the confidence you need.

The world’s most experienced sailors have shared with Yachting Monthly what they have learned from sailing small boats in some of the planet’s most extreme conditions.

Heavy Weather Sailing book jacket

Considered by many to be one of the most important books to have onboard, this latest edition of Heavy Weather Sailing deserves a place on your bookshelf, says Julia Jones

American 2022 Golden Globe Race skipper Elliot Smith aboard his yacht

With four years of sailing experience under his belt, American skipper Elliott Smith was inspired by Bernard Moitessier to sail around the world alone in the 2022 Golden Globe Race

Guy Waites, one of the skippers in the 2022 Golden Globe Race, pulling on a line on his yacht

Guy Waites has crossed the Atlantic ocean solo five times, and has circumnavigated the world with crew. He shares how he has prepared for the 2022 Golden Globe Race