Archive for June, 2011

PostHeaderIcon Sight Lines

reference lines that are drawn on deck and that show at a minimum 30-, 45-, 60-, and 90-degree angles from the boat’s centerline. Sight lines are used to estimate laylines or tack angles, and during other maneuvers. Also called tacking lines. Compare to: transit.

PostHeaderIcon Arctic Sea Smoke

a type of fog that forms when very cold air moves over warm water. The water’s surface is covered with a dense fog that obscures the horizon and objects on the water, but leaves the sky relatively clear.

PostHeaderIcon Scoreboard

multiple instrument repeaters clustered together and within view of the helm, such as on the aft face of a mast, just below the boom. Also known as an instrument pod. See also: 007 and jumbo.

PostHeaderIcon Marlboro Country

a jocular term for the bow because you have to be tough to work up there, or because of the cowboy who works up there.

PostHeaderIcon Longpac

great pacific longitude race. Single or double-handed competitors in this 400 nm race, put on by the singe-handed sailing society, start in San Francisco and head West until they cross longitude 126 degrees 40 minutes West then return to San Francisco. For more information browse to

PostHeaderIcon Crane

a short arm atop the masthead used as the backstay attachment point and as a mounting bracket for the main halyard sheave, allowing it to be located aft of the mast for a better fairlead to the mainsail’s headboard. Also known as a truck. See also: spinnaker bail and stern fitting.

PostHeaderIcon Rash Guard

a base clothing layer that is worn next to the skin and that provides chafe protection. Also, because it moves moisture away and allows it to pass through the fabric and evaporate, this base clothing layer is also referred to as a wicking layer. British and Commonwealth sailors use the term rashers. Compare to: foulies and mid layer.

PostHeaderIcon Limiting Buoy

a small inflatable buoy whose purpose is to keep competitors away from the Race Committee boat. It is set off an RC boat’s quarter, on the same side as the start or finish line, and is considered an extension of the boat. All boats must pass between the guard mark and the line’s pin end, and must avoid touching the mark. Also known as a clearance mark, crowding mark, guard mark, keep-away buoy and keep off buoy. See also: Racing Rules of Sailing for 2009-2012 rule 31. Compare to: inner distance mark.

PostHeaderIcon Trick

time spent on duty at the helm. See also: ridin’ shotgun. Compare to: watch.

PostHeaderIcon Fall Off

to steer away from a course that is close to the wind to a course that is farther off the wind. To bear away or bear off. E.g., changing from a close-hauled course to a reach. See also: footing.


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