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Old 12-03-2013
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Cool Heavy weather question

I just watched an interesting video (
) which got me pondering heavy weather techniques. The singlehanded captain of this Westsail 42 heading from NYC to Bermuda got caught in a storm with sustained 35-40 mph winds and gusts to 57. He was exhausted and ended up hove-to with double-reefed main and staysail. What I am curious about is his decision to throw a parachute (? drogue or sea anchor) off the stern while hove-to. I haven't heard of using a drogue while hove-to--is this an effective technique, or could it have contributed to his excessive healing and stress on rig (compression post bending)? Ideally he would have rigged his storm jib and trysail (or 3rd reef) instead of what he had, but I can understand why he was reluctant to go above and change sails.
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Re: Heavy weather question

There is some discussion about the weather on that trip in this thread:

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