I was racing
on a cav 32 many years ago and the with a BANG! the winch came out and disappered off into the distance. It took a huge chunk of deck side along with it. I am glad it disappeared into the distance, if it stayed connected to the sheet and came back around, it would have been deadly. We all sort of sat there for what seemed like ages, looking at a gaping hole, wondering what just happened, in awe of watching a winch rocket away like it did and then waiting for the skipper
to react. Lets just call him, ummmm, competitive!!
Fortunately he didn't react to badly, he just about cried at the thought of the cost though.