Safety at Sea Part 2: Drogue Day

When we first started out we practiced our man overboard drills.

Another safety aspect is sailing in heavy weather.  When there are strong winds and heavy seas, the boat can pitch-pole.  That is to say it can slide down the face of a steep wave, bury its nose and tip over.  There is a diagram here.  For various reasons this is more of a risk with catamarans than monohulls. Continue reading