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post #38 of Old 12-07-2018
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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered

Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Right, thatís what happens without a drogue, but with one, the waves should be moving underneath, no? I now realize she lost her drogue before the pitch pole, which makes more sense. Iím not sure that damns a drogue as ineffective, altogether. Was chafe the cause?
No, when running in those conditions I've found a drogue slows you down to the point that the waves occasionally crash directly onto the boat! I have found that to be an absolutely terrifying experience. So much so that after a few of these, I cut the drogue free and took over the job of steering myself. Can you even imagine a 50 foot wave crashing on the aft 1/3rd of your boat? Isn't your boat an aft cockpit boat?
I doubt Susie, a very experienced ocean sailor, would allow chafe to happen. She wasn't in any way incapacitated or injured before the pitchpole.

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