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Jib halyard up in the air - a solution.
I was lowering my jib (1987 O'day 272) and did not tie a safety line to the halyard and lost it up into the air. I had read how people used a main halyard to loop around a lost "flying" halyard and bring it down. I tried this to no avail. The solution was pretty simple (and I guess pretty obvious with hindsight). I took my
boat hook (~15 foot) and pushed the line up it's sleeve till I could retrieve the free end.