Fair winds and decent footing.
Couple of rules I learned with an added dose of "the hard way" that may help.
1) Stay clipped on outside of the cockpit
at all times.
2) On watch alone, especially at night, stay clipped on in the cockpit
3) If you have to leave the cockpit, awaken the other crew. Do not go on deck
to fix something alone on watch...even if clipped on.
The "hard way" comes because I was hit with a clear air squall at 3 AM and slid out of the cockpit before I could release the sheet (I was on my back looking at stars...but definitely not asleep). The AP couldn't cope, the boat heeled 45 degrees and if I hadn't been clipped on, I doubt I would have lived. By the time the skipper
got on deck
, I had eased all sheets
and was helming by hand...and the squall only lasted about five minutes...but it was one of Neptune's more memorable lessons.