Last weekend we fought and action between an French Corvette and a couple of RN sloops (one a ship the other a brig).
During the action at long range the Frenchman put a shot through the back stay of the brig's mainmast.
two turns later the mainmast went by the board. As a result of the reduced sail and the drag of the rigging over the side the brig had a net move factor of -1, so we assumed it was drifting.
Now he rules say a drifting ship will turn its bow into the wind...
Given that the remaining rigging is all forward I would have thought the balance of the sail plan would force the bow downwind?
The brig drifted for three turns before her crew could cut the raffle free, by which time she was well in irons.
As she was now at least nominally able to be brought under control we treated the situation as equivilent to a vessel in irons after a failed tack and had her drift backwards, picking up sone speed and then using the rudder to bring her head off the wind.
Were we in the right space with this, or were we missing something?