I do note that a drogue
was deployed by one boat during the worst of it.
This seems to recommended so often here but perhaps should be deployed more often.
Certainly under the 'survival' advisory from Herb.
There seems little point in sailing above 50kts unless the seas are benign and the heading is part of the avoidance plan. Heaving to, preferably bows into wind
, would be a little kindlier to crew, it's just making that decision while the fore-deck can still be accessed.
My plan, for my Cat, is to deploy from the stern then batten the hatch
and leave her to it as far as possible. I have more confidence in the boat than in my ability to handsteer in difficult conditions for 70 hours or more.
Loss of boat, let alone a good life, is something we all take on as we drive into the marina. That others will risk themselves to save us from our mistakes
should remind us to take due care.