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Re: Tip of Mast hit bridge...
Where did the top foot of the mast go? Is it hanging there? Are all the shrouds and stays still attached?
I have a feeling that you only tore off the accessories on top of the mast, light, windex, static discharger, wind speed, whatever you had.
If so, have her inspected by a professional rigger to be sure you didn't "almost" break something that might let go at the worst time. Rigging is safety gear.
On the other hand, you say your mast is straight. Ironically, many masts are forcibly bent when the backstays/forestay are tuned properly. Maybe you did damage some of the rigging. Have her checked. If you're new to this, you're going to need someone very familiar to readjust the stays and shrouds when you put the mast back anyway. You can't just guess.
Sorry to hear about the nasty lesson.
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