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.To continue reading, please login (top right) or join us.