Thanks for the tips. I'm a believer in the amidships cleat and the amidships line. Also the spring line. I single hand, and I don't think that I'm going to step off my boat with the wind away from the dock at 25 kts. with even one, much less two lines. If I couldn't get that line around the cleat or piling before the slack is gone, I couldn't hold my boat. I've spent time in Europe and have seen the med mooring done by ships or large excursion boats, and it would be tricky at best in a crosswind, especially since the boats dock very close together.
What I haven't seen is video of sailboats actually docking in these adverse conditions.
With my boat, going between two outer slip pilings with only about 15" on either side to the pilings when the boat is centered in the slip, I'm on one of the outer pilings before I can get in far enough to use the spring, and possibly before I can get to the amidships cleat. And then there's the little problem of I'm at the stern at the helm, having just made the turn into the slip and the amidships cleat and leeward outer piling is somewhere up there....and the wind is not waiting for me to get from point A to point B. And usually, theres lots of wave action, so I am then banging up against that piling, beating the daylights out of the boat. Put out fenders...fine, Just where exactly, since there's going to be a variation, depending on the wind and other factors, as to exactly where on the boat will contact the piling first. And if I put out a 8" fender, now I cut my 30" clearance between pilings to 22", and there's a good chance the fender or fender board is going to hang on the piling, which will tear something up or pivot the boat into the pier or next boat. I hear about such docking, but I don't see it recorded where I can see it.
I did find one video of a ferry boat trying to med moor in Corfu in high winds. He eventually aborted. It's here:
YouTube - Docking in Corfu Harbour in (very) strong wind
And the way he is drifting down is how it seems/occurs with me. You travel 2-3 ft. sideways in a hurry.
Where are the videos of difficult sailboat landings?