Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 8 of 20

Recommended Storm Survival System

I have always had reservations about running off, with or without a drag device, because of the ever present risk of a broach that can lead to a knock down or even a roll over.

While drag devices claim to reduce this risk, I have been concerned about a drogue like the Galerider tumbling or pulling out of a wave face with the resultant rapid acceleration of the boat. After all, this only needs to happen once in a multi-day survival storm to trigger a disaster.

In addition, with most drag devices, running off involves steering, which violates one of our most important goals for a heavy weather survival system.

The Jordan Series Drogue solves the steering issue and, most importantly, it can’t pull out of a wave face since its long length and multiple cones guarantee that most of it will always be in the water.

These benefits and Donald Jordan’s well-reasoned analysis of his design (that agrees well with our observations at sea) together with the impressive 15 year track record of his system, convinced us to buy a Jordan Series Drogue from Ace Sailmakers.

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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 twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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