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Re: GGR entrants getting clobbered
I would be interested to know how she was using her drogue. I've never deployed one in anger, but my understanding is you fly a handkerchief sail, head generally downwind, which should be the general direction of the waves and the drogue slows you down. In this scenario, the waves should be overtaking you and I find it hard to imagine how one pitchpoles.
Perhaps the waves were so confused, she was caught on the beam.
I wonder, if she was trying to use the drogue to manage excessive wind and boat speed, but still take a favorable tack to make VMG. Maybe wind on the beam and waves near the beam, but a racers mentality to move ahead, rather than the safest deployment of the drogue. Downwind very well may be been losing ground.
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