Jim, next time you're running offwind in a blow, douse your Main instead of your Jib. No weather helm but it will cause Lee helm if on a beam reach. If ya have reefs in the Main, reef down and fly the Jib as SD said. It'll make life much easier. Having driven into big seas like that at 7 knots under power just to hold position, I remember well shipping green water over the boat. My bowman at the time was completely submerged for a couple of seconds on each wave while he doused the Staysail that trip.
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