Originally Posted by Saucy Sailoress
Interesting (if a little dull). I noticed that when they reached the crest of the wave, they kept ploughing forward. Now, when we've been in huge seas we would bear away when reaching the crest, to avoid slamming the hull
down on the other side and causing damage...
You would indeed in a normal, curling, white-capped topped, wind-driven wave, but that was just like a big swell, with far shallower angles. So there was little chance of burying the boat or of applying so much "stopping" force to the boat (or the hypothetical sailboat's rigging) that any damage or even a splash would occur.
That water was otherwise pretty calm for the ocean.