Man, that's a bummer. Glad you're OK.
A few friends and I were out sailing my dad's DN on Cass Lake last winter... we were the only ones out there besides a few snowmobiles and four-wheelers despite great sailing conditions (15 to 20mph wind, little snow cover). When my friend Dave was on the opposite side of the lake from where the rest of us were watching, the plank snapped on the upwind side of the hull. As the mast went down, the shroud flung the broken piece of plank (with steel runner attached) right in front of his face before the boat spun out. He was lucky he didn't catch the runner with the side of his head or get tangled in the shroud. It was not fun walking over a mile across the ice to pick up the pieces and carry them home.
We finally got a new plank for the DN in December, but haven't had any ice to sail on locally
I'm just here to ride...
-'09 Turner DHR
-Santa Cruz Chameleon