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We practiced the quickstop COB method yesterday. Winds were about 20knots, gusts to 25, waves minimal. We were cruising on a reach under a reefed main and a 150 and chunked "Captain Limbaugh" over the leeward side (a 2' piece of "noodle" with a rope and weight to keep it in place).
We did the quickstop to a heave-to after shouting MOB and telling everyone to hang on. We stopped the boat just fine, leaving "Limbaugh" about 20' downwind off our quarter. At that point, it would have been easy to toss a line over and, assuming the COB was conscious and mobile, we could have had him back on board in under 2 minutes. Very cool.
However, I was surprised at how quickly we drifted away from him - even hove-to upwind. So, since he was out of boathook range, we brought the tiller across and sailed back around - then hove to about 2' away and picked him up easily. It took 5-7 minutes. (My last turn was a little too close to him - should have left a bit more room. Sorry for the barnacle burn dude.)
When we pulled him in he was still going on, and on, and on about he "hoped that I failed" as a sailor and how he really needed a few painkillers...just a few. Don't know what that was all about.
Anyway, my wife and kids were paying close attention to the whole thing and we talked through what the sails/tiller/etc. were doing, what we needed to do to get back to "Limbaugh", etc. So, it was really a good exercise. And the best thing was that now the boys want to try it themselves. It's a game! They've been somewhat ambivalent about sailing to this point. So it's great to give them something to shoot for...and run over. It is "Captain Limbaugh" after all.