I started single-handing on S.F. Bay, because my wife at times couldn't go sailing, or friends would stand me up. I wore a harness when ever I got out of the cockpit while others were with me. I wore one all the time when I was alone, even sitting safely in the cockpit.
When I single-handed from S.F. to Cabo during the 93-94 Baja Haha I got into some sloppy weather. I had left Magdelena Bay, and there was some steep troughs. Everytime I came out of the trough the wind would traumatize the rigging. I went on top to lower the main when the autopilot decided to fall off. While grabbing the sail it filled with air, and pushed me over. The boat fell off the wave, and yanked me back on board via my harness.
I can remember thinking, How will I get back onboard with all this foulweather clothing, and my boots full of water. I remeber thinking the ocean looked black, and cold it being late at night. Next thing I knew I was sitting on top of the traveller with extreme pain in my back. My harness is my dearest FRIEND..........