Actually, we were in the boat, trying to get some sleep in a 'Violent' Storm Force 11. We sailed in Force 4-8 from Lymington to Cowes, Buckler's Hard, Yarmouth, Newtown Creek..... and back. Learnt to moor up, sail sideways, and backwards, plan passages, sail a planned passage at night and all the other things you do for RYA Day Skipper. Martin our skipper was smashing. Check them out on http://www.sailing-ventures.com/ 

...and by the way, did you know that Bucklers Hard is named after the men who used to select the bent timbers for use on specific parts of the ships. These guys were called 'Bucklers'. So, there's an interesting fact that you won't find on Wikipedia!