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Old 05-11-2012
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Docking stern in, strong crosswind

I am trying to complete an online sailing test and got stuck in one question:

You're about to dock stern to with mooring lines. The wind is 20 knots from the side. How do you approach the quay?

A) From the windward side of your berth with the bow into the wind
B) Straight
C) From the leeward side of your berth with the stern into the wind

I find both A and C answers valid. It seems to me to me that it is possible to dock using both techniques. I've found others asking similar questions and receiving mixed answers. Some people are suggesting backing with the wind, the others against.

What do you think is the correct answer? Thanks!
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