Originally Posted by downeast450
I have taken my "lead" from the IODs I crew on occasionally and use 2 sheets and bowlines. A little bulky I guess but it is good enough for the world champions racing those lithe little boats. It makes for an easy and quick change when changing head sails. "Soft"? What would hard be? Not a metal connection I hope? Jeeze!
The major problem I found with bowlines is that they hang up on the shrouds during tacks. A Dutch Shackle (google it; it is similar to the OP) is what I use. It has the secondary advantage that it is faster to attach than a bowline, although we are talking seconds here.
However, I used to brag that it never came loose in over 10 years, and then it happened twice last year. May have to fiddle with it a bit.