Storm Tactics

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 14 of 24

Series Drogue: Learning From Randall Reeves

We strongly believe that the series drogue designed by Don Jordan is the best storm survival option. A belief based on good science and interviewing some of the best offshore sailors of our time about their experiences. John continues that learning and data gathering process in this article.

A Chat With Randall Reeves

Randall Reeves and John spent a couple of hours discussing storm tactics in general and the series drogue designed by Don Jordan in particular. Here’s an excerpt.

Susie Goodall was one of the few competitors in Golden Globe Race 2018 with a series drogue to Don Jordan’s design. But it failed her, and her boat pitchpoled What went wrong and does Susies’ terrible experience indicate a fundamental problem with the series drogue and/or Don Jorgan’s science and engineering? John digs in to find out.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 23 of 24

Storm Survival FAQ

Several questions have repeatedly surfaced within the hundreds of comments on our Heavy Weather Tactics Online Book. So I have pulled those together in this chapter and added my thoughts.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 3 of 24

Rogue Waves Are Not Bad Luck

The most common reason for yacht abandonment at sea is being capsized by a rogue wave. But is rogue a good description of these boat-killing waves? And are there things we can do to reduce roll-over risk?

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 11 of 24

Battle Testing a Jordan-Designed Series Drogue—Round Two

Trevor Robinson updates what he has learned about using and maintaining a series drogue built to Don Jordan’s design. This is not theory, but true testing over a gruelling circumnavigation in the Southern Ocean, including multiple deployments in gale and storm force conditions. Anyone who goes to sea in small boats will benefit from reading this.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 10 of 24

Battle Testing a Jordan-Designed Series Drogue—Round 1

Some of us write about extreme heavy weather survival at sea based on a few experiences accumulated over decades, combined with not a little guesswork and conjecture. And then there’s Trevor. Few offshore sailors have even one-tenth the first-hand survival storm experience that Trevor shares in this article.

Anyone who goes to sea needs to read every word in this chapter with great care and attention.

Members' Online Book: Heavy Weather Tactics, Chapter 9 of 24

Series Drogue Durability Problems

There have been a couple of well-publicized cases of series drogues, based on Don Jordan’s research and design, deteriorating after as little as ten hours’ use in strong gale conditions. John investigates and shares what he intends to do to upgrade his drogue.

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