Just watched all 6.
I have single
handed a few oceans and co incidently that stretch and videos made obvious to me a few things:
Luckily I had in mast
(still do) so even when dispirited in heavy weather
can reef without going out to mast
. Indeed without even luffing up, in big seas thats pretty daunting in itself. (Thats why I love in mast!)
Personally I prefer to take everything down and lay ahull not lay out a drogue
, hard to get in, but I guess if still making too much speed then have to, never had to.(42' nauticat cutter
copy in steel
I used to get much more sleep, recipe for mistakes
taking short naps. guard alarm
, big ocean, steel
boat.....He was so knackered you could tell....
Its really the mood you can get into that causes a lot of the things to go wrong. After a while in big seas I got to the point I didn't care anymore and let things happen. (more so if you have had a few beers) leaving too much up in a squall is classic....You just think, F it, it will all be over soon and the boat can take it, until too late.. Thats the alcohol sailing the boat (in my case to be brutally honest)
but the main thing is the credit I must give him, basically did what was right although, after a pretty hellish trip, to delay landfall, when it was probably all he could think of when the call came through.
Looking a Cha Cha though, still had mast so why were the sails
so tattered, odd, had he just left them up too long, not been rolled..but he had lost
I met Pascal in a french plastic 36 footer, 20 miles off FLores (Azores)later motoring with no mast, no rudder
, nothing on deck
, no guardrail and amazingly no keel
even but a jury rudder, after falling off a very large wave 1500 miles away, he had diesel
dropped to him by a couple of ships but would not abandon, the boat didn't even have attached internal bulkheads, they had, along with the lockers, detached from the shock...And he had virtually re built the fuel
system to get the water
and air out as had spent some time upside down. Pascal didn't even ask for a tow...We partied though in Flores for a week...and later he showed up on a Harley D in the UK to visit.. He now lives on a barge though, south of Paris, much calmer...