Not only back in the days. I bet those who did the east to west rounding would still say so, if only to piss off all those uppity Whitbread and Volvo sailors!
Downwind in a proper yacht is just too easy, upwind not so much. Ask @littlechay
Indeed MMV's, just ask your wife! B)
Traditionally, a sailor who had rounded the Horn was entitled to wear a gold loop earring in the ear which had faced the Horn, so the right ear for an East-West passage. Never been told one had to be homo as well, although abuse of the cabin boy may have...
You make it way too complicated, Captain.
If you piss downwind the back eddy blows it straight up into your face.
The trick is to use your beer belly! Face it at about 10° AWA and Bernoulli will lift it away from your boots and face. It is important to pull enough of your shrimp out of your...