My hand’s a bit sore.
I nearly had my thumb ripped off at the base last night. I was undoing a line that was attached to one of the sails. I’ve been taught that this is a dangerous move, but didn’t think of it at the time. I stuck my hand into the mess of rope to untangle the mess, and as soon as I thought “oh, this is a bad idea” I felt the line tension around my thumb. I instinctively yanked my hand away, and with milliseconds to spare. A huge gust of wind came along (winds were 20km/h gusting to 50km/hr) and jerked the sail and ropes with tremendous pressure.
I wouldn’t have had time to consciously think of removing my hand from the danger zone. I was just VERY lucky that I realized the danger right before it happened.
Complacency on a sailboat can be a very dangerous thing. Wind and waves have much more power behind them than human beings can withstand, and we often forget that. I got a hell of a wake-up call.