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.

Jon Sanders is nearing the end of his 11th solo circumnavigation around the world. Elaine Bunting finds out what drives him to keep seeking out the solace of the sea

A yacht sailing through gusts

Spikes in wind strength can range from a blustery sail to survival conditions. Dag Pike explains how to predict which it will be and what to do when the wind…