Originally Posted by 44'cruisingcat
Friends of ours experienced something similar, and were heading for a rock wall. Out of desperation he turned the wheel the other way, steered INTO the wave (which would go against every instinct.).
I watched an event similar to the video unfold in Ribadesella which similarly could have been avoided by rounding up. In this case it was a mono running parralel to a seawall below a cliff under under main and jib
A big puff of wind
came out of nowhere causing the boat to broach. The helmsman attempted to fight the boat and drive it down rather than letting it fully round up. As a result the course made good was perpendicular to the wall and SMACK!
No injuries other than pride but the pulpit got destroyed and I imagine there was an extensive gelcoat
repair required. Forget hindsight, I knew as it was happening what was going to happen and that he should have just let the boat do what it wanted and not fight it.
If he had instead thrown the tiller over to leeward (which is easy) instead of pulling on it (which is hard) he would have come around head
with a back winded jib
that would have pushed him off on the other tack, away from danger
It was sort of painful to watch.