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Attaching Sheet to Jib
My understanding of the bowline is that it is such an effective knot in this application (attaching sheets to clew of headsail) because it cannot be untied under a load, but is very easily untied when the load is off.
To loosen the knot (I''m not too sure about the terminology here) simply push the loop that goes around the standing part of the line, away from the working end (and the various bights and loops which make up the knot).
Or given the way the knot is often described: take the loop which was the path of the rabbit and push it down the tree away from the hole.
Although my sailing experience (and knowledge of knots) is pretty limited, I would probably agree with most books which say that if you learn to tie one knot as a sailor, it should be the bowline.