When I was researching drogues, I came across some information in a USCG test report that I found surprising and very interesting.
One of the most interesting "reads" I came across regarding what one should do in a sailboat in very rough weather
(bad storms, high seas) is found by reading about the development of the Jordan Series Drogue. There is too much information to post a synopsis here, but I do encourage sailors to read the background research
reports (found via the following linked page) as the report of the USCG testing was very interesting (to me) to read. On the linked page you will also find some discussion by Mr. Jordan of what sailors perceive as the right thing to do in high seas and how their perceptions may be illusions or that they may make poor decisions based on misunderstandings.
Mr. Jordan also allowed the plans for the drogue to be available for free so sailors could make their own.
Jordan Series Drogue - Storm Waves
The USCG test of drogues (and the Jordan Series Drogue) took place using real boats in real breaking waves. I encourage everyone to read the USCG report, especially pages 55-61 of the report for their conclusions. I found the results of the testing most interesting.
Here is a link to that USCG report: