I have a frend how did sail from italy
over to Malta
in Desember som years ago, and did get a very bad weather
, it was him and his wife onbord a 36f Contest. (they are sailors with 30000nm + under there belts
Afther had one Knockdown he took the anchor
, and did all his fenders to it. let it go out, the fenders keeps the anchor afloat, and did let go around 30 meters off chain, then he had the rigth distanse to make this "Bundel" into a wavebreaker, he had no sails
up. when lays to the waves like this, and they did feel safe. The "Bundel" made a corridor in the waves, where they did not break over the boat.
The boat stayed this way until weather
came down again. 12 hrs.
they then took it all in and saild on to Malta
Use what you have, use your head