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BTW - another very nice BFS from sgkuhner from the Cruising forum:
"Then there is the type of storm conditions we were in when we were sailing around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern end of South Africa in our 30 foot Allied Seawind Ketch back in 1973. The wind was blowing about 50 - 55 kts and the seas were running in excess of 30 feet; so high that when we were in the trough there was no wind; but, when we were on the crest (with about a three to four foot break) all hell was breaking loose. We did not want to heave to for fear of being rolled over because the waves were very steep. The wind was dead astern, so we deployed warps to slow us down and keep us from nosediving into the wave in front of us. At that time I wish we had had a "Gale-rider" by Hathaway Reiser and Raymond. I would not have wanted to turn into the wind to deploy a parachute anchor. We ran like this in the direction we wanted to go for about 18 hours. I don't want to do that again!"
(PS - The wording here was why I was wondering about the warp/drogue thing. As well as the act of "warping". A lot of terminology to learn. And thanks Dog - you just cleared it up as well. I'm buying a bucket first thing.)
Last edited by smackdaddy; 10-28-2008 at 03:09 PM.