Archive for February, 2011

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Windward mark — a mark at the end of a racecourse’s windward leg. Synonymous with top mark and weather mark. Also referred to generally as a rounding mark or turning mark.

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Roach — sailcloth that extends beyond or outside a straight line connecting a sail’s head and clew. This extended sail area is also known as positive roach. The more positive roach a mainsail has, for example, the more drive it provides on a reach or run. Generally, battens are required to support positive roach. See also: fat head main. A sail with sailcloth that does not extend to the straight line connecting its head and clew is said to have negative roach or be hollowed out.

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AP flag — a pennant with three red and two white vertical stripes. An AP flag is used to signal a postponement of racing. Known formally as the Answering Pennant, though because of its color scheme, is often called a cat-in-the-hat.

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Sea lawyer — a disingenuous term for a person who tries to reinterpret rules and regulations to his or her personal advantage. See also: hollywooding.

PostHeaderIcon Podium Finish

Podium finish — to finish a race or race series in first, second, or third place and earn the privilege of standing on the podium to receive a medal or trophy. See also: pickle dish.

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two trigger-release snap shackles that are joined at their bails or joined with a very short length of webbing and that are used in spinnaker peels. One snap shackle is connected to the spinnaker’s tack and the other to a bracket or ring underneath the spinnaker pole’s jaw. Once the handcuffs are in place, the working guy/lazy sheet is spiked off with a fid and connected to the new spinnaker. One alternative is to use handcuffs with a slightly longer piece of webbing and connect one snap shackle directly around the guy, aft of the pole. Another alternative is to attach the snap shackle to the lazy sheet’s bail. Also referred to as linked shackles or peeling shackles, and generally referred to as a peeling strop.


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Guard — when referring to a VHF channel, is to stand by and monitor that channel for radio announcements from the race committee.

PostHeaderIcon Picnic Race

Picnic race – a semi-organized, informal boat race followed by a social event. Sometimes a buoy race, with the social event at the sponsoring yacht club’s facilities, and sometimes a short distance race with the social event held at the finish destination. Compare to: twilight racing.

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MIR — initialism for Marine Industry Racer rule. A rule applied to PHRF racing in Southern California that establishes the criteria for professional sailor designation, that excludes non-owner, professional sailors from helming, and that limits the number of pros allowed onboard, based on the boat’s length overall. A competitor is considered a professional under the MIR rule if they are paid to race, or employed in some capacity in the marine industry to improve boat speed or crew performance. This is similar to the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) international sailor classification system for (Category 1) amateur or (Category 3) professional designations. See also: corinthian.

PostHeaderIcon Transpac Trim Lines

Transpac trim lines – sets of lines located at several points along a spinnaker’s luff as a visual aid for trimming and determining luff curl. The lines typically form a sideways V or arrow head pointing to the luff tape. Also known as chevron trim lines and spinnaker Vs.


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