I had my entire family (3 kids, wife and me) in a Sonar on the Patapsco River one Father's Day. We were on a starboard tack broad reach after making the right turn to head out past Fort McHenry when the wind suddenly did a double shift, slamming the boom from the starboard side to the port, and before I could do more than form the letters WTF? in my mind, it slammed back over to the starboard side. Luckily the boom on a Sonar is way over everyone's head sitting in the cockpit, so it was just a surprise with no harm done -- not to people or to rigging.
When I was taking my ASA certifications I was taught two things about avoiding accidental gybes: keep a close eye on the jib, and if it starts to collapse -- TILLER TO THE BOOM TO AVOID DOOM!
That is to say, push the tiller over to the side where the boom is out, AKA head up-wind.
S/V Free Spirit
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