Re: Is she bluewater? Interesting story to help with these questions.
The steering thing is very uncool. A port that rips off from a jib sheet? Not good at all.
The rest is just lack of preparation. How did they not know that their boat would be all wet in that kind of weather? If this was the first time they were in weather bad enough to take some good waves and get things wet, they shouldn't have gone.
And didn't Jack know he would get that seasick? That seems a bit like lack of preparation also for that kind of trip.