Distress

Practice makes perfect. By our third toss, we were consistently hitting the mark.

Ropes for Throwing

Throwing bags are best in an emergency, but an old jib sheet can cover a lot of water.

We all know the drill. A new arrival pulls toward an unfamiliar marina or fuel dock with a breeze blowing, and they can’t quite get in. An inexperienced crew is rapidly dispatched to the bow and instructed to throw a line to a helper on the dock. They grab a coil of line, heave it . . . and it lands in a tangle in the water, scarcely halfway to the dock. Confusion erupts and the boat kisses a piling or nearby boat. If and when the line is successfully thrown, it’s a wet tangled mess aimed at your head.

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