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Good effort, Ray - it brings up a thought or two, though, doesn't it?
Wouldn't have wanted to be the one in the water for 30 minutes waiting for rescue... esp. this time of year.
The 20 knot conditions made things more difficult, no doubt, but in fact it's far more likely that someone may go overboard in such conditions than in more benign circumstances.
It certainly reinforces the point that you can never practice too much - in all conditions. It's important to know your boat, how far it will travel when luffing head to wind (in various conditions); how quickly you can stop it....
Another thought... did you happen to "run over" your "victim" during any of your attempts??