[Mark #2] "Before start we discussed many options, among the skippers, what to do to deal with storm situations. Throwing warps over board and trawl heavy stuff and so. To keep the stern in the wind and break waves before they reach you. Well, I thought a lot and pondered these problems. But I quickly saw the boat wasn’t behaving in a sound way with that stuff behind the boat. So I decided halfway the storm to pull the 200 meter lines and everything back on board. That was much better! ... I will never ever again drag lines or anything for that matter, behind the boat whilst being in a storm. ..."
The idea of dragging gear to break waves might work in theory if the period and amplitude of the waves were less than the size of the gear -- to say this was not the case in those conditions would be an understatement.