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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered

Originally Posted by hildamman View Post
I think this might be because she lost her wind steering. If a big enough wave catches you on the beam, you will roll - the drogue only works if you have steerage.
One does not get pitchpoled when lying abeam to the seas. A drogue is one of those items many folks use when running under bare poles in heavy weather. Steering is not necessarily a factor in that scenario as the wind and waves are propelling the boat forward.
However, after extensive non-single handed ocean sailing experience, I have discarded both my sea anchors and drogues. I prefer my vessel be free to get out from under a breaking sea in heavy weather. The longest I've had to steer in these conditions was 22 hours and it is obvious that a singlehanded circumnavigator cannot do that, but perhaps the fact that the Jordan series drogue did not save her from a pitchpole could be taken by those not single handing not to rely on a drogue, but to steer through the event.

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