Jordan may be right, I have no idea. I have only run before storms. In the March 08 gale, it was a cold front coming all the way down from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The front itself was moving at 35 miles per hour packing winds of 50-60 and gusting higher. Running before storms like that (and the last full gale that Paloma was in as well) and not getting pooped or nose-diving down into the wave trough, entails adjusting speed to accomodate the wave train - that means no drogues, no trailing lines, it means rocking and rolling - at times, in March, we were making 10mph on the GPS - that exceeds the hull speed of Paloma and yes the following seas often swoosh underneath you no matter what speed you are making. On the other hand, I suppose you could drogue yourself down to a snails pace and hope that the waves swoosh under you and that the waves that land on you don't cave in your cabin trunk - I have a large parachute drouge and by vote of all onboard, we never considered deploying it.
BTW, those of you who enjoy reading heavy weather documentaries - not heavy weather text books, read John Rousmariene's "Fastnet, Force 10: the Deadliest Storm in the History of Modern Sailing"
s/v Paloma, Bristol 29.9, #141
Slipped in Bahia Marina, easy access to Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Last edited by johnshasteen; 07-30-2008 at 06:53 PM.