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Heaving to is not an option. With the blown mainsail the boat does not balance well with the mizzen and the staysil.
On the face of it, does not make sense. They should be able to adjust the mizzen and staysail in a manner to heave to. In the worst case, if the staysail is overpowering the boat, they may need to furl the staysail or even peel the staysail down to their storm jib. If the mizzen is the problem they can ease their mizzen or for that matter haul their mizzen slightly to weather depending on which sail is overpowering the other. They can also tow warps to further hold one end or the other of the boat where they want it.
But I would suggest that KilKarney is right, that they would be greatly helped if they can get some rest and ride this out and then examine their options when the winds fair up tomorrow.
I wish them the best out there.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay