Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 18 of 22

Real Life Storm Survival Story

Drouge on Deck

I have so far written at length about our method for deploying and retrieving our Jordan Series Drogue™ (JSD); however, because Morgan’s Cloud heaves-to so well, it is all theory since we have never had to deploy our drogue in anger—thank God.

So we were fascinated by an email interview we conducted with AAC reader Paul Kirby, who deployed his series drogue, based on Don Jordan’s design (SDDJ), in what sounds to us like a true survival situation.

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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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