June 18, 2003

Spanish Bowline
I race J/27's on the Delaware every wednesday night. This past wednesday, as we rounded the leeward mark, we lost our spinnaker halyard. As the pit was hoisting the chute, the shackle must have released, and the halyard went all the way to the top of the mast. The chute deflated and plunged into the river. Not having a bosin's chair, I quickly fashioned a spanish bowline with the Jib halyard, and hoisted a crew member up the mast to retrieve the spin halyard. I was amazed I still knew how to tie that knot- something I learned as a kid in boyscouts.

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