Archive for December, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Port / Starboard Rule

port / starboard rule — a colloquial term for Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 rule 10 that requires a boat on port tack to keep clear of a boat on starboard tack.

PostHeaderIcon Herding

any technique that encourages other boats to go the way the attacking boat wants them to go and that punishes the other boats for going where the attacking boat does not want them to go. An attacking boat herds other boats when she is fearful of what may happen if they get away. Herding reduces the leverage of both the attacking boat and the attacked boat. Also called corralling. See also: blanket and spook the herd.

PostHeaderIcon Tight Reaching

Tight reaching — a point of sail where a boat is sailing towards the wind but lower (i.e., farther from the wind) than close-hauled. If a boat is sailing towards the 12:00 position, the wind is coming from between either 1:30 and 2:45 or 9:15 and 10:30. A boat on a tight reach would have her jib eased slightly and her boom up to a quarter of the way leeward of the boat’s centerline. Also known as close reaching, fine reaching, or shy reaching. See also: barber hauler, power reaching, and reaching sheet.

PostHeaderIcon Whitewash

Whitewash – a term British and Commonwealth sailors use to describe easily winning all the races in an event or series. What in American idiom would be a clean sweep.

PostHeaderIcon Dye Penetrant Testing

Dye penetrant testing – (DPT) a non-destructive way to inspect parts for cracks or other defects that break the surface, but that may not be otherwise visible. Testing is typically done in a 5-step process: the part is cleaned; dye is applied and allowed to penetrate any flaws; excess dye is removed; dye developer is applied; the part is inspected for defects highlighted by the developed dye. Also known as liquid penetrant inspection (LPI). Spotcheck® from Magnaflux is one brand of dye used. For more information, browse to:

PostHeaderIcon Runway

Runway — the distance remaining along the start line, or to the layline or mark, that is available for maneuvering or acceleration. For example, running out of runway means the timing of your starting tactics are off and unless an alternative tactic is executed immediately your boat will end up past the start line’s end before the starting gun.

PostHeaderIcon Lead Mine

jocular term for a deep keel, monohull racing yacht; a reference to the large amount of lead in the keel. Compare to: Clorox bottle and furniture barge.

PostHeaderIcon Batten Tool

Batten tool — a short handle made from batten material. Used for inserting and removing battens from a sail. Also called a batten poker.

PostHeaderIcon Abandonment

Abandonment – the race committee signals their abandonment of all races that have started using the following flag or flags and sounds: The signal boat will display an N flag (blue and white checkerboard) and fire three sounds to indicate that racing is abandoned and all boats should return to the starting area and wait for additional signals. The signal boat will display an N flag over an H flag (one white and one red vertical stripe) and fire three sounds when racing is abandoned and there will be further signals ashore—implying that competitors should return to shore. An N flag over an A flag (one white and one blue notched vertical stripe) is displayed and three shots sounded when racing is abandoned and there is no more racing today—also implying that competitors should return to shore. When abandonment flags are flown over one or more class flags, only the races for those classes are abandoned. See also: Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 rule 32. Compare to: general recall.

PostHeaderIcon Standing Rigging

standing rigging — composite fiber, or stainless steel wire or rod support lines that stand still as they perform their duties supporting the mast or other spars. Examples of standing rigging include shrouds, backstay, and headstay. An innerstay, bobstay and chicken stays are also standing rigging components. Rig is shorthand for the standing rigging. See also: dock tune. Compare to: running rigging.


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