Re: DDW and bailing out
While I don't enjoy W on W, if you find yourself there in a building breeze its seems to me it's much easier/smoother to gybe the headsail and round up out of DDW that way, rather than attempt to jibe the main in a big breeze. A so-called chicken jibe would call for that anyway.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"