"WHY DIDN'T I? WHY DIDN'T YOU! I'M SUPPOSED TO BE THE GO- DAMN TACTICIAN!"
"AND YOU DON'T THINK BLOWING THE MAINSHEET WOULD HAVE BEEN A TACTICAL MOVE?!
__________________ "It is not so much for its beauty that the Sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
Anyone ever heard of a ballistic sea anchor? Who'd thunk there could be a need?
__________________ A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we only be drowned now and again.
Definitely not sailing. Hanging on for dear life...
My "cat" friends (nacras, vipers and twin cats) tell me that on some of these boats blowing the mainsheet is the last thing you want to do. The main sheet and mainsail leech become the backstay when going really fast downwind.
Blow the mainsheet with the spinnaker up and the mast snaps forward. No first hand knowledge but it makes sense to me.