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7 MPH to 0 MPH in a foot or so
That is the thing: You keep going 7 mph until you hit something solid, then you stop is something like 0.25 inch. Just like falling over walking. If you land wrong, or on the wrong thing, you might get hurt. There are a lot of wrong things to land on in and about sailboats.

I seem to remember reading of some cruiser who would sleep with his feet forward, so if he hit something he wouldn't break his neck (might have been Alvah Simon).
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Like the others here, I've not done it at 9 knts. But I did it at 5.5 once. I was seated and just shifted on the bench. My bride was sleeping in the v-berth, and was rolled into the bulkhead. Never woke. No injuries, no damage, except to my dignity and reputation. I hit the mountaintop that is just off the dock right in front of my yacht club.
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This was a Pearson 36 that hit the rocks off of Deer Island Light at WOT while under sail. I had sailed this boat, and IIRC, this boat would do 7kts at WOT.



No one was hurt, and the boat was repaired.
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Here is a thread on the story that I mentioned above; Boston Sinking
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I'm not admitting anything, OK? But I have it on good authority that when a 34' sailboat going 5.5K hits a rock (say somewhere near Roche Harbor, WA) if someone is standing facing aft in the cabin they can be thrown down the two steps to the galley area faster than they can even think about it. Yes, there could be broken bones, or necks (in the hypothetical example I gave above nothing but large bruises would have occurred).
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Perhaps the best video of boats hitting the rocks while racing. Check out the last boat. A guy is launched off the bow and as the boat comes off the rock a crew member casually reaches and hand out and scoops him back on board.....

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I hit either the buoy weight or a rock while in the channel two years ago on Lake Champlain. The lake was very low and I should have been moving slower and given the buoy more room but hindsight is 20/20. I was doing 6 knots. The boat did not stop but felt as if I had just gone over a sand bar maybe or a submerged log. I felt it go up and back down, stopped, checked the bilge, saw no water, and continued on. It was not until I hauled out for the winter a few weeks later that I noticed a good sized gouge on the front of the keel. I gotta say that laying on your back and feathering out 1.5" of glass around 16" is no fun. Not a tremendously complicated job but had to wait until spring when the hull was bone dry. Working overhead with West Epoxy is also a challenge and invariably a sticky mess. Luckily I discovered another really lousy, quick repair done in the same spot that got fixed in the process. My Alberg is an internal ballast type deep keel which, I guess, is pretty tough.
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I ran aground.

A crew member fell through the hatch landing on the cabin floor, no harm but she just missed the hatch lock fitting which was sharp and could have caused a serious cut.

My guess is falling on objects and stuff moving are serious risks when they cause point impacts or cuts.

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I came to abrupt stop one time threw me five feet hit bulkhead and it hurt
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