For an uncontrolled gybe, the question is if a more stretchy rope would have prevented the damage... I am not so positive it would have.
We have very little purchase
on our main sheet and use an electric winch
. To keep line diameter down, we need rope that isn't very nice to handle (stiff, kinks etc). I am considering going to Spectra core
with polyester outer braid where it meets the winch
instead (the rest just the core
and I agree that the Samson
Amsteel Blue is pretty perfect for that.
If you have enough purchase
, like 4:1 or better, I would select the regular yachting braid kind of line (standard polyester double braid), like I am using for the mizzen. This handles much better.