Hobie Cats have had these types of mishaps more than other boats simply because of their huge numbers (relative to other classes), and usage locations.
The air draft
of a Hobie 16 is ~26', IIRC.
Hobie finally implemented a fleetwide recall/upgrade in the early-mid 1980's to refit
all existing full aluminum
masts to one with a "Comptip", in which aprx the upper third of the masts were a non-conductive composite.
was free, and included all kinds of 'cautions'; the Hobie literature had always covered such dangers. IIRC, I had mine done while drystoraged at Dana Point
, CA (while on a TDY).
I think this refit was in response to an early 1980's incident on SPI (South Padre Island, TX), in which two of the nicest people ever, both highly skilled long term competitive sailors, were killed.
They were dragging a Hobie 16 across a bayside beach near the old Queen Isabella causeway, then/now a fishing pier, near or after sunset, and the mast touched the main power line feed for SPI (coming from Port Isabel parallel to the QIC). A huge tragedy.
That beach area wasn't the usual location for SPI Hobiecatters, might have been a regatta
, they were tired or distracted, who knows.
The usual Hobie place was what was called "Children's Beach" (and other cat or small sailboats, like BWhalers), which was just south of the Coast Guard station, and just around from the innermost portion of the North Brazos Santiago Pass Jetty structures (Dolphin Cove breakwater).
I had been there earlier that day, and was at home and just sat down with wife when the local news came on with some grainy video, it was like being hit with a bat.