Originally Posted by Smart Pig
Ok good -- I have a picture in my mind now, thanks. The only issue as you describe is that I don't use a tether the boats I race (Scots, Sonars, etc.). If I were to get caught in a line, it would be around the ankle.
Lazy boom reefing lines make great nooses during a gybe.
The foredeck is a place where guys get caught up in stuff.
Recently read of a sailor who was lifted off the deck by a spinnaker guy that caught his lifejacket/harness. He was able to cut himself free.
A fellow racer used his knife to cut a leech line that snagged on the mast during a tack and put us in danger of a collision. (it was a folder btw).
Miniwaska, thanks for the visual of using your left hand to free your right from the meat-grinding winch.....