Dom Mee didn't weather three severe storms... he got hit by the remnants of three HURRICANES... in a toy pod that wasn't designed to handle hurricane conditions. Murka was poorly thought out... as was his attempt to cross the Atlantic during hurricane season.
I'd point out that the conditions Dom Mee describes in his video don't mesh with what appears in the video itself... it's been deconstructed and analyzed fairly heavily that he was describing conditions that just didn't happen.
Dog - who did the deconstruction and analysis, and where is it available? I'd be interested to read that.
As for the conditions, as we all know, those are notoriously hard to determine from video - especially video when it is at water level. I will say I was struck by how "peaceful" it seemed in the boat when he was doing the commentary in the cabin. It actually made me dubious about how bad it really was outside while I was watching.
But there were two moments in the video that made me more of a believer that it was seriously bad. First, the keel footage. Aside from the obvious fact that the boat was being rolled (he's sitting on the turtled hull holding on to the keel) right after he says "nightmare", you can hear the wave coming in just before the camera goes under. Definitely a breaking wave - and obviously big enough to roll the boat - again.
Then toward the end, when he's doing another cabin commentary (which is now half full of water), he puts the camera up out of the companion way and shows the sea. It definitely looks big and angry - even though it look relatively calm in the cabin. F10? I'd give it to him. Though I don't see 18m seas (at least they don't "seem" that big), the wind definitely looks mean.
So, regardless of whether "Little Murka" was a poorly designed "toy" or not, and regardless of the timing of the voyage, I think the video has huge value for us sailors:
1. Yet again, even a "toy" boat withstood far more than the sailor. Staying with the boat is critical.
2. The boat offers amazing shelter from crazy conditions. I don't know if that was due to the drogue or what, but it's definitely where you want to be...even if it's half filled with water. You don't want to be out in what he shows with that shot through the companionway.
3. After punching his EPIRB, 30 hours passed before help arrived...from the CCG. 6 hours! That's an eternity. From his website...
Attempted the first ever kite boat sail across the North Atlantic he endured hurricanes Irene, Katrina, Maria, Ophelia and finally Rita. On losing his sea anchor he was capsized 8 times before the vessel remained inverted. In mountainous seas and winds in excess of 70 knots waiting 30 hours for a rescue vessel in the perfect storm, he remarkably survived.
And more to the story...
KiteQuest ~ Dom Mee
The duty watch keeper at Halifax informed Adrian that the adverse sea state and storm conditions were less than perfect for a rescue attempt.
“Dom is in the worst possible place he could be in the North Atlantic; it could take some time to get to him. He is in a massive storm with 50-60 knot winds and experiencing mountainous swell… however we will do our best”.
It took some time for ‘Rescue 313’ a Hercules aircraft to locate "Little Murka", however there was no sign of Dom. After circling for some time mindful of the adverse conditions; unable to get closer than 50 feet without risk to Dom and his boat, Dom emerged from his cabin.
Great video, eh?