Tony and Coryn Gooch stopped by this summer in their lovely and beautifully maintained aluminum sloop Taonui. If you don’t know who they are, that is simply because they go out there on the ocean and do incredible things without fuss or drama.
Like Tony deciding, when he was into “senior citizen” territory, that it might be a good idea to sail around the world non-stop single-handed. So he did.
Over dinner the subjects were wide ranging. We learned much about offshore voyaging. Here are a few nuggets:
- The Jordon Series Drogue is their storm survival system of choice.
- The biggest problem with the JSD is getting it back after the storm. They have found that they need to wait until the wind is down to 15-20 knots or so, and even then it’s a struggle. They were interested in our drill-motor based retrieval system.
- They have tried a retrieval trip line several times with the JSD but have yet to get it to work.
- Their worst ever heavy weather experience was a complete roll over and dismasting in shallow water close to the coast. They council that it is always safer to be far offshore in deep water when the weather is nasty.
- They say that the above detailed disaster would not have happened if they had been using a JSD.
- This is not storm tactics, but they really like their rig with two roller furling sails, one a genoa and the other a jib, close together, one behind the other. They find it a particularly useful rig downwind with one headsail on each side on twin poles and the mainsail down. A modern and more flexible version of the twin spinnakers that early cruising pioneers like the Pyes and the Hiscocks used so much.