Well, I always have a slack sheet and boom vang before I hoist the main, specifically because I don't want it to take the wind and begin sailing before I'm ready. What happened is that the crew allowed her to fall off a bit, and then just the force of the wind on the flapping main overpowered the crew at the helm and pushed her over more until the main had taken up all the slack and filled.
I agree that my boat is skittish to steer, but my crew is an experienced sailor, and helmed a 40-something multihull down on a BVI trip for hours on end. Now, a 40-something multihull is not going to respond to the wheel like a 28' single hull, but I was still surprised at how quickly the boat got on top of the crew.
S/V Free Spirit
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