Originally Posted by wind_magic
Being knocked down multiple times and not losing your rig, I don't call that being prepared, or being skilled, I call that plain old being lucky.
Sometimes lucky works just fine. Look, at some point, skill and preparedness no longer factor into the equation. Seriously. Look at the Fastnet and Sydney/Hobart disasters. The guys that went through that freely admitted that they became helpless at some point.
I don't know exactly what she did or didn't do in terms of techniques. But one thing she did brilliantly was shut the boat up and stay inside when things went bonkers. That's one of the main lessons from Fastnet.