Once the wind backed off to about 25 knots the motion aboard with the drogue out and no sails was more uncomfortable. A little sail would have steadied things. Didn’t feel like pulling in the drogue at 0300 in big seas and fresh breeze. Awoke at dawn, had a cup of coffee , and within an hour the drogue was retrieved and re-packed , ready to use again if needed.
I used the 30′ line to retrieve the bridle by using a sheet winch , then transferred the drogue line to the other sheet winch.
The wind was only 15 knots so we could pull the drogue in by hand, using the slacks created by waves, and use the winch to snub it. Not a problem at all.
Now we are under full sail , under overcast skies and the baro has climbed to 1015. Not exactly a restful bight but nor was it an epic survival story.
I like the Jordan Series Drogue and will use it again , especially as now I know that deployment and retrieval is quite easy.
I built ours from the basic kit from Sailrite.
Was the drogue essential last night ? No ,we would have been fine ,but I think we would have had some kind of drogue out in the big breaking seas and too much wind for our boat. I guess we could have hand steered , no volunteers for that last night.
Would have been very frightening to be lying ahull.
Heaving -to might have been fine , but it was really blowing , and at least we made 3 knots in the desired direction.
1125 miles to Valdivia on day 9
37 15 S 97 15 W