Sailboats make many people uncomfortable. That's especially true when the boat begins to heel over. It takes a long time to become accustomed to the feeling and confident that heeling is not related to tipping over.
As an example on the other extreme is the afternoon scrabble game we had with Diane and Carmello. We were somewhere out at see off the coast of New Jersey. We had a 15-20 knot headwind. We were close hauled, and Tarwathie heeled 20-30 degrees. Once in a while, a wave or a gust would put the rail under the water. Who would believe that in those conditions that four people would be playing Scrabble in the cockpit. It was great fun.
p.s. Special thanks to my sister Nancy and her husband Karl. The gave us a Travel Scrabble set as a present. It holds the pieces securely, even in conditions like this.