Originally Posted by barnakiel
The stay cannot jump out as the cap goes around it and then into the spreader foil.
That's the way it is on my rig, certainly, but such was not the case on the Junneau that lost
its stick. And this boat had been built somewhere around 2002, if memory serves. Forty(ish) feet? We were sailing downwind on starboard tack, and it was the starboard cap shroud that jumped, so I don't think that loose rigging was the cause. Of course it's possible that the shroud could have popped out on the upwind leg and we never noticed it, but I think that's unlikely. I was trimming the main, on that particular race
, and I would certainly have noticed an out-of-column mast.
The point is, as you've already suggested: visit/inspect the spreaders frequently.