Once we were under sail, everyone found a place to lounge on the deck. I decided it would be a good time to sneak in a few words. I retrieved my notebook from port hull and was counseled to lie down across the stern of the catamaran, behind the tiller bar. I had just moved a gas can out of my way and was getting ready to lie down when the boom swung around and whacked me squarely across the nose. I saw stars just before the tears flooded them away. I had enough presence of mind to lie down quickly before I lost my balance and went overboard.
That kind of accident can be fatal or extremely dangerous. I was lucky to come away from it with a scratch and a slightly swollen nose. The not-so-funny thing is just a split second before getting hit, I thought, Hurry, hurry; lie down. You never know when the boom is going to come around.