Hey everybody! I appreciate all the support (the ones a bit more blunt than others, too).
A couple things that are, maybe, not evident: This has been my second sailing season (the first one where I have been sailing my own boats without an instructor. So, maybe my first one? First real one, anyway.) The boat that I just purchased I sailed for two days to bring to Friendship Harbor without any real incidents (well, aside from being concerned about the anchoring
techniques) and last Saturday was the third (& final) sail of the season on her.
When I say that I let the boom out to right her when she heeled up, I did not let it swing wildly out of control, but let it out a foot or so to take some pressure off and make the boat more stable.
As I said yesterday, I am planning on going through the boat over the winter and going out solo in her a bunch next year so that I don't EVER have passengers have a bad experience.
And, for the record
, I had the boat under control, though I did not see that gust coming.
I will youtube 'how to reef a sail' and be sure to practice that, too.