Archive for August, 2011
the crouch a helmsman assumes just before cresting a big wave or as a boat is about to broach: the feet are spread wide, the knees are bent, and the weight is shifted back. See also: ridin’ shotgun.
to inspect each edge of a sail to ensure that it is twist-free. Usually done by tracing each edge of the sail, i.e., the luff tape, leech tape and foot tape, with your fingers just prior to hoisting or packing it.
a heavy-air spinnaker douse. The spinnaker pole is eased forward to the headstay, and the spinnaker sheet is trimmed on hard—this is the stretch part. These actions pull the foot tight and make it impossible for the clews to fall into the water. The foredeck crew grabs the sail’s foot from underneath the jib, and then the spinnaker halyard is blown— that’s the blow part. The kite’s upper half floats out over the water. The trimmer eases the spin sheet as the foot is pulled under the jib and onto the deck or down the forward hatch. This is a specific method of float drop.