Knockdowns can be interesting... depending on what caused them. The last boat I was on that got knocked down was a J24 and it was a spinnaker broach that had us pinned to the water. I was at the mast working the spinnaker pole and saw the wind shift and head for the side I thought we'd get knocked down to...and ended up sitting on the lifelines up to my waist in water.
It wasn't too bad as knockdowns go... I've certainly been in much worse.
I hope I never experience one my current boat, since a knockdown on a multihull is the start to a really bad day.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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