Yikes. I wouldn't recommend flying topgallants in 36 kts of wind in the simulator.
Maybe it wasn't that bad over double-reefed topsail. That makes the t'gallant significantly lower, doesn't it?
Yes but the mast is still spindly, and it's a gale. 35 kts of wind is TWICE as much pressure as 25! I can only imagine they were saying 'look what I can do!' for the sake of the experiment.