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For those desksailors out there:

Cats are better off running before the storm. Cats don't have large keel areas and most don't heave to very well. While a good tactic in some cases in a capable monohull (some fin keeled monohulls don't heave to well, either) it's not a very good option in a cat. Also, cats often have the ability to keep pace with the storm and keep the apparant wind down to a minimum. In my opinion, the captain did what he was supposed to do. Not sure why the crew didn't take over steering when the captain became exhausted. Fear, maybe.
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Part of the problem with running before the storm, especially in a larger cat, is that the boat has significant windage, even with the sails down. If the winds are significant enough to need to run before the storm, the boat will often be going fast enough that controlling it is an issue. Without a drogue of some sort, controlling a large cat in a heavy storm is going to be difficult at best.
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