Captain Dave walks us through how to tie a Figure 8 or Stopper Knot.

The Figure 8 or Stopper Knot is designed to be tied at the bitter end of a line. Typically it may be tied on the sheet that is attached to the jib clew so the line does not run through the fairlead. 

Make a loop, go behind the line once, then bring the line back through the loop and pull.

As you pull tighter and tighter, you can see it looks like a figure 8.

Grab underneath the knot and push it upwards to create the stopper. This ensures the line will not go through the fairlead.