Thanks to everyone for all of the great advice, help & explanations.
I plan on taking it slow & cautious.
I do have an Ascender and will definitely use it as well as a safety.
Trevor, I think you're right about the slapping line. We lost the steaming light at about the same time that my topping lift broke loose with no main sail out. It went flying everywhere!
Sure is nice to be a part of such a great group!