New to Sailing, please Help =)
Yikes! This sounds scary. I disagree that you won''t hurt the person in the water by hitting them with a sailboat. Consider that sailing vessels wind up with cracked hulls from hitting flotsam like 2x4''s--then consider the impact that it took to crack the hull. Fiberglass is hard! It''s harder than someone''s skull, believe me...
What you need to do with a MOB drill is come back to the MOB under control and _stop_ within a boathook''s reach. It''s easy to get back to them, and it''s easy to stop--it''s just not easy to do both at the right time. That''s why we practice.
Don''t plan your MOB drills around the "speed retrieval" method. This is fine if you''re picking up a SEAL after a mission, but it''s no good if one of a 2-person crew is unconscious in the water. And please don''t run them down either!