Line handling is a skill that takes a lot of practice. It’s an age old tradition for a new deckhand to receive instruction on the fantail from the Captain, Mate, or senior deckhand in the finer points of line throwing and “lettin’er go”. It doesn’t look all that different now than it did more than 100 years ago as you might imagine. It’s a skill that requires more finesse than strength and it brings out the competitive side of everyone when it comes time to show your stuff. It isn’t as easy as the veterans make it look, just ask the new guy.
These captures are from a video shot by Mate Gardner Bilodeau.