Much of the sea conditions pictured will depend upon the wave intervals, which seemed to be fairly long. I've been in 10 to 12 foot seas off Key West where the wave intervals were several hundred yards. I was a pleasant ride. I've also experienced 6-foot seas in Chesapeake Bay in the channel between Point Lookout and Smith Island, waves that were just 30-feet apart, and had my ass handed to me on a platter. It was a brutal pounding, even in a following sea, because the following wave was jamming you into the next wave, which then crashed over the bow.
As for the winds, well, they sure didn't look like 50 knots, but after viewing the video a couple times I know I wouldn't have had that much sail flying, even in a 30-knot wind.
Guess I must be getting old and a bit too cautious,
I earn my living working as a video cameraman - and I have to say that it is some pretty impressive footage
The waves look steep - which I can tell you is a bit of an achievement.
They are clearly waves made at a bar - just like the still shots at wells - where my boat is at the moment.
Its my guess that a mile further out to sea it was just as windy and not nearly as rough.
Clearly they wanted to show the boat standing up to its full rig - and it did - sure they were spilling wind, but the Mac was making progress under sail through some tough conditions.
I am sure you guys have been in tougher conditions than that.
I spend my time as a sailor trying to avvoid such conditions - whether it was blowing 30 or 50 miles an hour
so he was deliberatly not reefing to show the boat under pressure. I reckon it did that pretty effectively.
This is the nub of the thing though - why do people hate macs?
why do they find them so offensive?
In the UK we have Westerly Centaurs - 3,000 of them and dismissed by many as caravans - heavily built caravans but they are also 26 foot long.
when they were in production people laughed at them and the people who sailed them.
Now I seldom hear anyone laughing at centaurs - tried and tested - although their keels do occasionally get a bit wobbly.
Anyone writing a history of recreational yachting covering the past 100 years would have to mention both Centaurs and Macs - as well as the Folboats and Nicholsons.
But, just as our fathers generation of 'real sailors' heaped distain on the Centaurs now this generation of real sailors heap disdain on Macs
but one way or another they are tommorrows classic and have introduced a lot of people to sailing who might otherwise never have got involved
much like my own slug
which was the peoples boat of the 1960s - a yacht for the working man -
in some ways the Mac is a yacht for the working man as well
both are well endowed in the engine department, they are criticised for not sailing that well, they have amazing accommodation for their size, relatively cheap to aquire new but despite all this their owners do seem to spend a lot of time sailing.
Your thoughts would be most welcome.