Not really - a series drogue will slow a boat that is danger
of going too fast, e.g. a catamaran
. But the drogue is deployed considerably aft of the boat and if a rogue wave
taller then the length of the boat "climbs up" your stern the drogue line will be on back side of the rogue wave
and your boat on the front side pointing nearly straight down. The forces are so astronomical that probably the drogue line will snap or get pulled off the boat.
- - Think of the surfboarders in Hawaii
doing the "Pipeline" - the only safe way down for them is to transverse the vertical wall. That's a hard trick to do in a racing
sailboat (or any sailboat) with a tall mast and skinny keel. If you try to transverse the wave front you will probably roll sideways down the wave.
- - There are some places you just do not want to be with a sailboat and surfing down the face of a rogue wave or a Tsumani wave front are at the top of the list. Which is why I supposed that neither she or anybody else could not survive such an incident with the boat intact.
- - With rolls/knockdowns you have upper/lower/intermediate shrouds and spreaders helping to support the mast. In a pitch-pole there is only the forestay and maybe a inner staysail stay, if installed. Not much strength there. From the photos it is difficult to see but it looks like the forestay and shrouds are all stripped off the boat leaving only the backstay to drag the sails
and rigging behind.