If you try to come alongside a wall conventionally in a strong offshore gale, you’ll struggle to get anyone ashore. As you lose way the keel stalls and a modern yacht with a cut-away profile blows off to leeward in short order. One solution is to nose up to the dock and have someone climb off the pulpit with a couple of lines. The problem is that most sailing boats left to themselves end up with their bows at about 150 degrees to the wind. They prefer, therefore, to back up to the wall with a fender rigged. Have a good jumper ready on the transom – the sugar scoop’s ideal if you have one – and come slowly in astern until they can step off. It’s easier than you think, because the helm is close to the action and the boat wants to do what you’re asking of her. Get a short stern line on, then run a long line to the bow and lead it via a fairlead to a windlass or winch. The rest is easy.