Archive for November, 2010

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Walk-on – a new, temporary crew member who races without any previous practice or experience with this particular boat or crew. See also rock star.

PostHeaderIcon Andrews Yacht Design

Andrews Yacht Design – Racing yacht design firm located in Long Beach, California founded by Alan Andrews. For more information, browse to

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running rigging — the lines that move or run as they perform their duties, such as hoisting sails, controlling their shape and position, and controlling spars. Examples include downhauls, guys, halyards, outhauls, and sheets. Compare to: standing rigging.

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Protest committee — the panel of judges who hear protests and requests for redress. Members of the protest committee are appointed by the entity that conducts the related event or by the race committee for the event. A protest committee usually consists of 3 to 5 members or judges, but can be as few as one. Collectively, the members of the protest committee are also known as the jury. Also known as going to ‘The Room.’ See also: Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 rule 61, part 5 sections B-D and rule 91.

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Protest — an allegation made by a boat, race committee, or protest committee under Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 rule 61 that a boat has violated a rule—committed a foul. If you are one of the competitors, you signal a protest by promptly displaying a red protest flag and shouting, “Protest!” You must also report your protest to the race committee at the end of the race, using the procedures and within the time-frame stated in the appropriate Sailing Instructions or by local convention. See also: exonerate, protesterone, and the room. Compare to: request for redress.

PostHeaderIcon Race Committee Boat

It’s hard to start a race without a Race Committee Boat — the boat that contains the race officials who manage a race. Typically, attention, penalty, preparatory, recall, start, warning, and sequence sounds and flags originate from the race committee boat. The race committee boat also displays flags providing details about the course to be sailed, such as the number of legs and whether offset marks or gates are in use. The RC boat may also display other flags that indicate modifications to the races or rules listed in the Sailing Instructions. The RC boat may also display a placard showing bearing and distance to the first mark, and, optionally, the number of legs to be sailed. Also referred to as the committee boat, RC boat or signal boat. Compare to: mark boat.

PostHeaderIcon Dive the Boat

Dive the boat – to go in the water and clean a boat’s bottom. Usually done while wearing fins, mask, and snorkel or while using scuba or snuba gear.

PostHeaderIcon Mine!

an indication from a tailer or grinder who has temporarily taken control of a sheet or other control line, such as when asked to add wraps to or take wraps off a winch, that he or she has control of the line. Compare to: yours!

PostHeaderIcon Yours!

an indication from a tailer or grinder who has temporarily taken control of a sheet or other control line (such as to add wraps to or to take wraps off a winch) that control of the line is being returned to the trimmer. Compare to: mine!

PostHeaderIcon Reaching Sheet

a headsail sheet lead from a position that optimizes headsail shape while two-sail reaching or running, i. e., with a mainsail and headsail. This is usually a position further outboard and forward than that used when sailing close-hauled. For example, a sheet rove through a snatch block positioned at the rail. This produces a more efficient sail shape and opens the slot between the headsail and main. Sometimes used in combination with a downhauler or twinger. See also: sheeting angle. Compare to: barber hauler and inhauler.


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