Join Date: Jun 2005
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You got in and you kept most of the pressure off that bad stay, so you did okay. But you have to inspect these stays, especially at the bottom end fitting, where they get the most salt water, and where gravity keeps the water from draining out of the fitting if there are any gaps.
One other thing comes to mind. Take an extra halyard, or maybe even the end of your main halyard, to windward tie it off to the chain plate or something else strong, and cinch it as tight as you can (best done while this is the leeward shroud after you've tacked over temporarily). Then at least you've got a backup that might save the mast if you lose the stay.