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Years of racing on SF Bay I've got plenty of examples - but none more memorable than when I was asked to come help train some newbies on an Olson 30. Masthead kite - 20+ knots near the golden gate and an ebb. We rounded down very hard, spin pole in the water, etc, and the boat jibed. no one hurt but a total yard sale, people hanging on, etc. What was most interesting is that 2 of us with dinghy background thought we might have to get on the keel - we were on our side forever. The Olson floats nicely on her side - water doesn't get within more than 6" of the companionway. I'd say we were on our side, masthead in the water for a good 45 seconds before the main gybed and the boat popped up. Spin had floated up and was sucked over the upper spreader and was draped all over the rig. Took hoisting a guy to clear it all up.
I'd also say that the J29 and Express 37s both float high enough on their sides to keep water out of the companionways....
If you want some real fun, pitchpole an International 14 at full speed...