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All the old timers know this one but some new folks may not have thought of it.
Especially when sailing alone it can be handy to run a jib sheet across the cockpit from the leeward side to the weather side to cleat it off.
This way you can release the sheet from the windward side of the boat.
You can tighten the sheet by just yanking the center of the line directly towards the back of the boat then tightening up the slack. It's called sweating the line and is faster than getting out the winch handle.
Dinghy sailors do this all the time but it is working well here on a 25' Catalina.