Originally Posted by Kettlewell
Has everybody read the books
by the Smeetons on Tzu Hang describing pitchpoling in the Southern Ocean? Even traditional, heavy double enders can get going too fast for their own good if the waves get big enough.
I have read that one and re-read it again about two months ago. That's the book I recommend to all proponents of the apparent ultimate safety
of CA styled designs. ;-))))))
I am not certain they went surfing. It sounds much more like they got tossed forward while being on the top of 'just breaking', and very steep, wave. Same thing does a boat hove-to, if she stays hove to for too long, while the storm develops.
Whatever happened top Tzu, they did something wrong there - it happened to them again a moment later.
Whatever the design, the crew should always aim to control the boat in extreme weather
for as long as viable. Hiding down below in real bad weather
is a first class ticket to a bad sea accident
being part of one's story. (Sure I know staying down below may be the only option due to exhaustion in any short handed crew).