2. Racing Down-Sea
Large following seas loom treacherous as the boat races down the face of a wave, sometimes losing steering and leaving you vulnerable to the roller astern. In steep seas, you risk stuffing into the backsides of waves. I know. I’ve been there.
Quartering down-sea helps minimize these risks, but you may find it helpful to take a wider angle than when quartering up-sea. Also realize the faces of the waves can be very steep. So on small boats, discourage crew from taking shelter on the lee side of the boat. Instead, ask them to move to the windward (aka wet) stern quarter. Time your reverse tack to a lull in the waves, and then come about smartly.
3. Soaked in a Beam Sea
On breezy afternoons on a lake in a small, aluminum boat (prone to be wet), I like to tack to stay dry. If our course has us running across the lake with a breeze on our beam, I’ll quarter sharply up-sea for a while, then down-sea. I guess I could just put on a rain jacket, but zigzagging like a sailboat across the lake is more fun.