One good thing about the Moths is no trapeze to swing you back into the boat, you just get flung off and land in the water. Its swinging back and hitting the boat that hurts. Glen Oldfield with his Whisper Moth has no stays and loves the safety of that, much safer crashes. Maybe the C cats should consider sailing on racks rather than trapeze, at least when testing new foil configurations. I know, weight, structure, cost, windage, but it sure beats getting stitches. Might save a lot of boat damage too. Are all the current C class teams carrying on? Any new ones? Any ceasing?
I actually had a "holy shit hook" on during that crash. A steel hook into my trap belt, attaching me to the back on the boat, so when we stuff it, I would not get launched around the bows. In this particular stuff of the bows, I bent said hook clean open with my mass x acceleration, thus I found myself out in the nether regions where I am not supposed to be. I knew this immediately when I saw the forestay telltale pass my head in a giant cloud of spray and I thought to myself, "Oh fuck, I should not be seeing that thing right now".
This was followed by an impending sense of doom. "Damm, if I am way up here in front of the boat, chances are I am going to pull it down on my head in a nice big pitch pole". Which was momentarily followed by the sentiment, "Huh, perhaps it won't pitch pole, I am coming back towards the boat, Hope I don't hit the forestay on the return trip".
Not long after that I was thinking to myself, OK, well that's good, it hasn't pitch-poled on my head so there is hope that we won't screw up the wing just a few days before the event".
Followed by, "Oh this is gonna hurt". My hands came up automatically as you can see in the video and whammo, I hit the beam, my shin it sees hit the strap which is where I got my nice big laceration, through a 5mm wet suit. suffice to say I had some considerable bruising here and there too for good measure.
I was surprised to find myself conscious at that point, sort of smeared over the front beam. I was still hooked on, so I couldn't just let go and drop under the boat. So I wanted to get up on top of the trampoline, but I am very cautious about applying any kind of non-design load to the carbon strap under the beam, as a failure of the strap would mean an instant "boat taco" and a complete destruction of the boat. I also was trying to get my legs out of the water as I didn't want the boat to trip over my legs in the water, and pitch pole on my head after having got through the worst of the wipeout with the initial impact. So I was madly kind of walking backwards in the water. What you don't see in the video is me looking over my shoulder at the rapidly approaching rocky shore, that the boat is bearing away to, thinking, "great, it's going to hit the rocks at 10 plus knots THEN pitch-pole on top of me". So then I am looking for Fredo, waiting for him to head the boat up into the wind to stop it when I finally realize, "Oh Geeze, Fredo has left the building". I determine this when I see is bright orange hat some 200 M behind the boat. Eventually the tender pulls along side, the guys grab the forestay and we pull her up into the wind like a horse.
So, moral of the story is you don't have to completely reconfigure the boat to meet some safety goal (Go sail lasers if that is your concern), you just need a bigger f-ing hook to hold you in your position when experiencing high-G moments, which was of course installed later that day.
Now we are foiling, I make a point of not sitting or half trapping directly behind the trailing edge of the foil that is pulled up to windward, it's the most dangerous thing in the area, or directly behind the standing rigging for that matter. I'm either on the tramp, inboard, where I can shoot straight forward into the piss if required, or out on the wire completely, with the newly improved and upgraded hold back hook on, so then I can just crumple a bit on the rail, and not hit things in anger. Plus, the PBO rigging is a lot nicer to run into than the old piano wire shrouds and forestays.