In 1980 I was crossing the Bahama bank in a Venture 25 (pre Macgregor) as Hurricane
Allen blew through. I got back to Bimini
after three days of beating into it and clocked the winds for the next couple of days at 55mph. I was too busy and tired to test the wind
while surfing down huge steep waves with the knotmeter
pegged at 10. It was foolish that I was there at all but I claim ignorance as that it was my first cruise
. I think only my experience surfing kayaks and the cork of a boat got me through. It's a long story in the telling and I still find it amazing I lived through it.
I wouldn't do it again but that's why I now have a proper blue water