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Your boat, your rules..
Personally, I leave it out. One reason is that I only keep one handle topside at a time. Usually in the cockpit coaming. The spares stay in a drawer below.
The jib sheet that would need the handle would be on the leeward side, if it slips out or gets hit by someone moving around, it's in the water.
If I do happen to leave it in a winch, it's usually to the mainsheet on the cabin top under the dodger.