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We started out sailing in an area notorious for high winds on a daily basis, often topping 20 knots on a typical day (thankfully no waves to speak of)
We started on a 24' Shark, a good, solid but small boat. I can't tell you the number of times we poked our noses out of the harbour only to turn around and try again another day (in the beginning) due to the 'Admirals' comfort threshold.
Eventually, though, we got it together and now my admiral would rather beat in 20 knots plus than run in the same conditions. She's happiest hard on the wind....
Taking it slow never hurts, beats having her quit in fear... have seen that lead to divorce, sale of the boat, and/or both.....
As to the incident in question, clearly the boat's poor setup contributed... reefing would certainly have been in order (and would have circumvented the bad outhaul if properly done)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)