It seems crazy to me that he had a guy on the foredeck during that incredible ride through the surf. I can't think of any sane reason to risk the life of that crew in that way and that makes me doubt the overall seamanship of the maneuver.
"Gethomeitis" after 26 hours at sea? This same disease killed much of the Polish political leadership in a plane crash near Smolensk in April.
I think it's hard to judge sea state from a video or a photo
. I went out to sea in very rough conditions with breaking seas at a narrow harbor entrance in August. The conditions looked something like that video. I don't think it was unseamanlike because I was quite sure how the boat would handle it. The sea was so rough that my crew was not able to go forward to tie down the anchor
after we got out of the harbor. The bow of the boat was underwater in the troughs (despite 2 meters of freeboard at the bow).
Coming out of the harbor was a bit of a roller coaster ride BUT -- in total control and it was not at all scary. Contrary to what most of the people thought who gathered on the breakwater expecting, I guess, to watch us get shipwrecked.
After successfully getting out of the harbor, we had a great day's sail downwind in a F8 surfing on the big waves, and knocked back 50+ miles before lunch time to tie up in the pleasant shelter of Poole Harbor. We needed to get out of that place despite the storm because we were tied up to the fishing
quay against a wall, which required constant tending of the fenders to keep us from getting bashed against the wall. Two sleepless nights of that were all we could handle.
Getting out is a far cry from getting in, however. I can't really judge whether or not the maneuver in the Youtube video was really so reckless, although, again, the fact of that crew standing on the foredeck does give me some doubts.