Spring has arrived to many parts of the country, and for those of you still snowed in, warm weather is only just around the corner. I don’t know about you, but when the weather starts warming up the first things I think of are 1) getting back in and on the water ASAP, and 2) setting up my hammock!
Whether you plan on getting out on a sailboat or lounging in the sun, there’s one knot that can help prepare you for either of these warm weather activities.
Introducing: The Rolling Hitch!
This knot is incredibly functional and easy to tie, making it one of my favorites. Rolling hitches are used in any situation when you need to attach a rope (or, if you’re on a boat, a “line”) to a pole, rod, or another piece of rope. Tension on the rope creates friction and prevents the rope from slipping. This only works in one direction though – If you tie it backwards, it will slip every time!
When you join a Sail Caribbean adventure camp you will find some excellent uses for this knot including: taking tension off of a sheet when you need to clear a jammed winch or block, taking tension off of a windlass when anchored, or attaching things (like a hammock!) to a stay (or tree, post, etc…). Excited yet? Here’s how you tie it.
How To Tie A Rolling Hitch:
Step 1: Use the working end to make a turn around the object. Bring the working end towards the direction of tension.
Step 2: Make another turn around the object. Feel free to add more wraps if you know there will be a heavy load on the rope and want to create more friction. The wraps (turns) should progress in the direction of tension (standing end).
Step 3: Make a half hitch, moving around the object in the same direction as the first turns. To make a half hitch, bring the working end above the first loop (furthest away from the standing end) and pull the working end between the object and itself.
Step 4: Tighten the hitch around the object before applying tension. Where the rope crosses itself, it should look like a bridge over two rivers running in opposite directions. If the knot slips, try adding more wraps to create more tension.
Happy knot tying!!!
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.