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when/how do you throw in the towel on a boat??
That is a good question. I will try to answer the best I can..some here might not agree, but no one is perfect.
a) first roll towel into a smaller diameter piece, or into a nicely compact roll, this serves two purposes:
1)To create a lower frontal area, increasing air penetration surface, often called Cx, and thus diminish drag and make the towel more aerodynamic, allowing it to travel further with less throwing power.
2) To allow better hand grip, which will in turn, allow better throw control and increase precision.
* Note: Please note that throwing technique can vary, from baseball type throw, to Football throw and even lady like throw.
Path can also change from tensile projection, (larger distance travelled but less control), or parabolic ballistic type projection, where towel will travel upwards, falling in target, (lower distance travelled, but better precision).
b) Select a good throwing location, making sure that (X) distance and (Y) amplitude are within reach of throwing mechanism, in this case your arm.
c) Try to stay behind boat, in full view of cockpit or companionway.
d) Throw towel, by slowly cocking arm towrdas the rear, and (depending on throwing method) fastly uncock arm, releasing towel at apex of arm movement arch.
Practice will allow better results, as throwing a towel ion a boat can sometimes be affected by alchool ingestion, drug abuse and wind/sea conditions.
As far as when, best results have been observed during the morning, when wind is lower, seas are calmer, and often, alchool ingestion is still not observed.
We strongly recomend against throwing towel at night...lack of luminosity and ingestion of liquids may affect precision.
remeber...practice makes perfect...
Towel colour is optional and irrelevant.
Last edited by Giulietta; 04-21-2007 at 08:31 PM.