The transfer, step 2: Don't rush anything. The ship's crew will be patient and will exhaust every possibility to ensure a safe transfer for each person. For this exercise, let's assume the transfer will occur by means of a Jacob's ladder. Make sure your boat's mast is as far away from it as possible. The ship's crew will work to keep your boat in place, but it's up to you to make sure that the climbing path is clear. If possible, all should stay tethered to the boat until it's their turn to climb. When the climber unclips his or her tether (leaving it attached to the boat, not dragging it along), one or two others should help to steady the ascending sailor on the ladder. When you're climbing, take a moment to carefully time the rise and fall of the boat and the distance to the ladder; at the wave's crest, reach out and take strong hold of the ladder's side rails or lines while placing a foot on a rung. Be careful — the ladder may be slippery. As your boat falls away, immediately climb to safety. In some instances, the ship's crew may be able to hoist the ladder, but explore that option ahead of time. Repeat until everyone is safely aboard the ship; the skipper should be last to go. Remember, as fewer crew are aboard to assist each climber, the entire procedure becomes increasingly difficult. Plan accordingly.