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post #20 of Old 02-18-2011
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We had an accidental gybe once, going dead downwind on a CHI-MAC race, up near the Manitous. It was blowing about 20-25 knots, with sloppy seas of about 8' throwing the stern of the Pearson 37 around quite a bit. The spinnaker was pulling us around in the troughs as well. At the bottom of one, the boat swung around, the spinaker pulled, and the boom whapped over. The main traveller smacked to the other end of the track, with the mainsheet tackle pinning one of the crew against the bridgedeck and back of the cabintrunk. Luckily his fingers weren't in the way of the traveler car, and he only had the wind knocked out of him. We gybed back, with a bit more control, and continued. I think we must have rigged a preventer after that.
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