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Accidental Jibes

Back when I was growing up sailing there was one day that I will never forget. I was sailing downwind in a dinghy when I reached over to assist my crew with the centerboard. With a slight wind shift and a small distraction I turn the rudder just enough to cause the accidental jibe. The next thing I remember was laying in the bottom of the boat with my head covered in blood. It turned out that my injury was not severe, but if my head was half an inch closer to the end of the boom I could have woke up in the ER. So ending the day with a small gash on the top of my head and one lesson to never forget. Take extra pre-caution when sailing downwind, always know the wind direction, and pay attention.
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In about 45 years of sailing, I only got hit by the boom once.

I still don't remember the ten minutes or so just after, until I regained consciousness, nor why I didn't sense it coming, which I always figured I would.

Life's full of new experiences. This is one I'll try not to repeat.
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It is called the BOOM for a reason.

One word: Duck!

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It is called the BOOM for a reason.

One word: Duck!

Then they should scream out "Boom!", not "Duck!".
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All this fancy gear I see everybody post up about just doesn't go on a classic yacht where everything is either wood or bronze. Not and look worth a damn. Besides, ya have to be standing up for my boom to hit ya, that and be over 6' tall if in the cockpit. If you are standing up, ya best have yer head out yer ass to start with.
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Then they should scream out "Boom!", not "Duck!".
Ironically the common pre-gybe call on our boat is "Heads up! Gybing"

Fortunately nobody's ever taken that one literally !

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All this fancy gear I see everybody post up about just doesn't go on a classic yacht where everything is either wood or bronze. Not and look worth a damn. Besides, ya have to be standing up for my boom to hit ya, that and be over 6' tall if in the cockpit. If you are standing up, ya best have yer head out yer ass to start with.
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