Travel Album: Sailing in a Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean

'Tenacious', Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean April 2006.

On ‘Tenacious’ in a Force 10 storm, Atlantic Ocean April 2006. Note the spindrift (spray blown from the crests of waves by the wind), the flying rain, and the water surging onto the deck through the scuppers as the ship rolls.

The Beaufort  Wind Scale is used to describe wind intensity based on observed sea conditions. The scale ranges from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), with Force 10 known as a storm. A 10 is characterised by a mean wind speed of 52kt (60mph) and waves with a probable height of 9m (29.5 ft). Sailing through such a storm in a tall ship, you are in no doubt of the force of nature.

Of course, winds of that ferocity do damage — to the ship, the sails and the crew.