"Today my wife and I had a bad spill on our new Getaway. We were close hauled"
To make an edit to my original post, I don't know why I said close hauled, I ment to say I was on a beam reach (90 d. to the wind) when we pitchpoled. I should proofread my work...
Since that incident, I have learned that very seldom do I pitchpole when I am by myself. Also in heavy winds, I do travel out a bit and that seems to help tremendously. Thanks mmiller for the advice.
Are you sure there wasn't a quick wind shift?
I sail mostly in a bay area with large islands that are usually upwind from the boat, so yes, I get wind shifts all the time. As for my wife's recovery, she now has a band of scar tissue under the skin that makes her leg look funny. She still loves to go out on the Getaway but not on certain days. Oh well...