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I would like to point out that heaving to is not passive. A passive approach to storm weather would be lying ahull. Heaving to requires constant attention but not as much as sailing. There is work required to make sure the boat is balanced, rests with the seas hitting the boat at the desired angle, and slowly fore reaches. All that requires some attention. It is considered an active way of meeting bad weather as opposed to lying ahull, which is really giving up (passive).
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217