This photograph (immediately above) is interesting, and a bit of a mystery. If you look carefully you can see that the yachts inner forestay pierces the bottom of the little orange dinghy. Also to the left of the inner fore stay there is a circular hole in the bottom of the dinghy.
The logical answer is that you put your hand through the big hole to release the shackle or whatever device is holding the inner fore stay. Of course launching the dinghy and plugging up two holes in the bottom in the event of an emergency could be problematic.
One solution would be to do away with the inner fore stay and add some forward lowers on both sides of the boat in front of the cap shrouds or have two inner fore stays each which are fastened well out towards the sheer of the boat so as to accommodate the dinghy. This arrangement would certainly assist an emergency dinghy launching.
Andrew Fagan writes with an interesting and amusing writing style as he describes the trials of "sail changing in high seas and howling gales, sea sickness, soggy food and saltwater madness". He finds unique satisfaction, even ecstasy, in being alone on the ocean, testing his mental and physical mettle against the elements - great stuff!