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post #4 of Old 06-25-2009
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What you did was the "figure-8" method, which is designed to avoid a jibe, but does get you pretty far from "Oscar" before you start heading back to him.

An alternative, if it's not too windy to jibe, is the "quick-stop" method, where you head upwind immediately, then circle around Oscar, jibe in mid-circle, then head up from below to get him. This method reportedly works better with a life sling trailed astern, it closes in on Oscar as you round him, and the whole thing keeps you closer to Oscar in the first place.

I teach sometimes on either Flying Scots, or on Beneteau 25s, and try to have the students try both methods.

Here's a good article on both:

Crew Overboard Techniques
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