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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...
The lifesling doesn't fit too well into a "quick stop", as there is no time to deploy the sling, and if you do, the manouver is intended to complete ONE circle back to the MOB and the sling would never get to the MOB. If you expect to need the lifesling for the recovery, hand it to him after you have him alongside.
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Last edited by sailingfool; 06-25-2009 at 06:41 PM.