I’m a sailor. I sailed 10,000 miles alone in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. I encountered storms — big storms. I can tell you, I commiserate with the S.C. sailor, Louis Jordan, who was recently rescued by a German ocean freighter. Fortunately, I never got knocked down or capsized; it took a lot of fighting to prevent that.
Deep-water sailors fear roll-overs, not just because of the inevitable snapping of the mast but because of the damage from the flailing mast and boom in the water. They are tied to the boat with heavy stainless steel stranded cables that are not meant to come unattached easily. You cannot cut them with normal cutters. So, a storm violent enough not merely to capsize a 35-foot boat but actually roll it over, breaking the mast and rudder, would surely be flinging those tethered ram-rods at the sides, deck and bottom of the vessel, threatening to punch holes, or break off the keel.
When Mr. Jordan writes the book he is promising, I hope he details how he handled the freeing of the stays which anchor the mast and what kind of damage resulted from those loose parts being thrown at his boat by the turbulent ocean.