Archive for January, 2012
a matrix or graphic indicating the wind speed and wind angle range for each sail in a particular boat’s sail inventory. You compare current or forecast wind conditions and sailing angle with the chart data to select the optimal sail for the current conditions or to anticipate and manage sail changes. The data for each sail is initially supplied by the sail-maker. You update and fine-tune the data for each sail based on your own on-the-water experience and the condition of the sail. For example, lowering the upper end of the wind speed range for sails that are used frequently or have been overloaded in the past. Also known as a sail selection chart. Compare to: polars.
a derogatory term a New Zealander uses in reference to an Australian. See also: kiwi and p.o.m.e.
a log showing each competitor’s finishing order and time. Compare to: corrected time and mark rounding sheet.
a length of Velcro used to secure a loose-footed main or storm trysail’s clew to a boom and to allow it to slide fore and aft when adjusted by the outhaul. A Velcro clew strap also keeps the clew from flying free if the outhaul is released or fails. Also known as a clew safety strap and retainer line.
jargon for the act of pulling an overlapping genoa’s clew around the mast, past the shrouds, and holding it down to keep it inside the lifelines, while the jib trimmer or grinder tails the jib sheet. It is possible to sit inboard of the new working jib sheet and to hold the sheet against the shroud until the clew reaches the shroud and then pull it back and down. When you jibe an asymmetrical spinnaker, you pull the clew from the headstay and run aft. The mast crew is often the person who dives the clew. Also known as tractoring. See also: tailer.
a maneuver to round a mark when you have slightly under-stood it. Accomplished by footing for speed as you approach the weather mark, for example, and then when about a half-boat length from the mark you luff and let your momentum carry you above the mark where you can fall off and round. See also: room! Compare to: shoot the finish.
a rigging configuration with the forestay, and sometimes the shrouds, attached to the mast at a point below that of the backstay. A fraction is used to designate the point on the mast where the forestay is connected. For example, 8/10 means that the forestay is connected eight-tenths of the way up the mast from the deck, or at 80% of mast height. Compare to: masthead rig.