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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered
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?.[/B]
This is exactly how Bernard Moitessier recommends handling storm conditions. I canít remember which book it is, but he suggests hand steering down the waves and turn up into them just as you reach the trough. Difficult to do for any lengthy period of time though.