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Check out Rope Hitches | How to Tie Rope Hitches | Animated Rope Hitches

There are various hitch knots that you can use to tie onto a standing line (i.e. your anchor rode) that are easy to tie on, and throw off, and will all grab that line tightly so you can pull on it. All have different pros and cons, but what you want to do can be done with just a hitch. Which one depends on how complicated, whether it has to hold while slack or just tense, etc.

Same thing applies to genoa sheets, if you've ever wrapped a winch real damn tight and needed to pull in the sheet in order to get some slack and get the winch free...you throw a hitch over the sheet and haul in some slack.
 
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