Re: First time crewing/racing this weekend
You did not experience a typical day. Crew overboard and black eyes are rare; scrapes and bruises are not.. Four on a Lightning is not routine. Perhaps the skip chose to go with four because of the heavy air.
You sound like an exceptional person. Your good cheer and positive attitude is important on a small boat. The skip should be grateful for your help and thank you.
As you progress, you'll contribute by applying the knowledge and skill you develop to adjust the shape of the jib to the wind and wave conditions. You will learn to observe what's going on around you and accurately report the information to the skip so that the information can be acted upon. if you continue as forecrew, you will learn to trim the pole lift to optimize the spinnaker shape and you will learn to gybe the pole.