Jordan Series Drogue Retrieval—An Alternative From Hal Roth

The last chapter, in which we wrote about our solution for the retrieval of our Don Jordan's Series Drogue, drew an interesting e-mail from the late Hal Roth, who did not like our solution because of the loads involved.

I'm scared of the way you have tested the series drogue, particularly motoring ahead with the drogue out behind you and then trying to winch it in. I feel there is a potential life threatening load on the winch and blocks and if anything lets go, someone could be killed.

For those of you who don’t know of Hal, he was the author of 14 well-respected books on offshore voyaging, drawing on several hundred thousand miles of experience, including two single handed races around the world.

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for 25 years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 20 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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