This topic reminds me of a scene in the movie "Wind," which was about America''s Cup racing.During a beat,the American boat sent "Spider" aloft to free some gear, if I recall correctly. "Spider" couldn''t clear the problem fast enough.In an effort to avoid loosing the race,the skipper made a rash decision to tack the boat "Spider" was told to "hang on!" After the mast swatted "Spider" a few decisive times, the crew slowly lowered his beaten body back down.
If I ever have to go aloft on the big stick while underway, I don''t want to be referred to as any type of bug! 8^)