Archive for September, 2011

PostHeaderIcon DNF

an initialism for “did not finish.” This scoring abbreviation is used to indicate that a boat failed to complete a scheduled race or failed to complete the race within the allotted time. The boat has the maximum points allowed assessed against her when the race is scored using a Low Point System. The maximum points allowed might be different for an individual race than for a race that is part of a series longer than a regatta. See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11. The applicable Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions may also modify the number of points assessed.

PostHeaderIcon Double-headed

describes sailing with two sails set forward of the mast. For example, a cutter rig with a jib on the headstay and a staysail on the innerstay, or a sloop with a spinnaker flying forward of the headstay and a loose-luff spinnaker staysail tacked to a mid-bow D ring. Compare to butterfly jib and wind and wing.

PostHeaderIcon Taking a Stern

to pass behind a competitor on the opposite tack or jibe. Also known as dipping or ducking. Compare to: crossing.


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PostHeaderIcon DNE

an initialism for “disqualification not excludable.” This scoring abbreviation is used to indicate that a boat showed up for, but is disqualified from, a scheduled race under See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11. rule 90.3(b). The boat has the maximum points allowed assessed against her when the race is scored using a Low Point System, and this race must be included with the boat’s finishes, even if throw-outs are allowed. The applicable Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions may also modify the number of points assessed. See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11.

PostHeaderIcon Kelp Cutter

a blade set into a keel or rudder’s leading edge, or a U-shaped cutter wrapped around the leading edge. A push rod is used to operate the cutter—either through a watertight seal or through a tube that extends above the waterline. See also: Kelp windows.

PostHeaderIcon In the Hunt

a boat whose position or cumulative score offers her a reasonable chance of being a top finisher. A contender. See also: podium finish. Compare to: hunt.


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PostHeaderIcon DND

an initialism for “disqualification not discardable.” This is a no longer- used scoring abbreviation that indicates a boat was disqualified from a race, had the maximum points allowed assessed against her, and could not discard or throw out those points from her overall score in a race series that allowed throw-outs. DNE has replaced this ruling.

PostHeaderIcon Around the Cans

inshore racing around the marks of a multi-leg racecourse. See also: buoy racing.

PostHeaderIcon Gaskets

nylon webbing in various lengths, often with a loop sewn into one end. Used to secure a flaked mainsail to a boom, to secure a jib flaked on deck after a douse, and for a million other uses. More commonly known as sail stops or sail ties. Compare to: buntline.


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PostHeaderIcon DNC

an initialism for “did not compete.” This scoring abbreviation is used to indicate that a boat failed to compete in a scheduled race. The boat has the maximum points allowed assessed against her when the race is scored using a Low Point System. The maximum allowed points may be equal to the total number of registered entrants, or it could be the number of entrants plus one or more points. See Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016 Appendix A11. The applicable Notice of Race or Sailing Instructions may also modify the number of points assessed.

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