Leaving a Dock Against an Onshore Wind—Part 2

In Part 1 I wrote about how to decide whether, with an onshore wind, to depart from a dock in reverse or forward and concluded that, in most cases, forward was safer.

So let's look at how we rig up and then handle the lines so everyone ends the manoeuvre with the same number of fingers they started it with.

I'm assuming that we are snugly alongside starboard side-to with bow, stern, and two spring lines on.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 18 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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