The "Middle sea race" has been raced many times in bad weather and several great movies had been made taking advantage of those situations.
I will post two, one with a big boat, other with a small boat, both great sailboats that can take a gale and keep on sailing, a Cookson 50 and a Dehler 34. Great boats, great images
Middle sea Race 2007 Cippa Lippa - YouTube
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Major Squall on a Dehler 34 - YouTube