Stuff happens really fast like that. An accidental gybe nearly took my wife's head
off, the mainsheet grabbed her by the neck and flung her across the cockpit
. Even around 10-15 knots, depending on the boat, there can be plenty of stress on the rig to do some serious damage.
Glad you're okay. I just pulled a harbor patrolman out of the water
the other night. Another minute and the boat would have crushed him against the dock
. The guy has twenty years of experience on that dock
, on that type of boat. Does the job every day.
Even the best make mistakes