PostHeaderIcon Hike (Hike Out); Hiking

to counteract excessive heeling by sitting on the toe rail with your legs extended outboard and leaning out to windward. Also, to lean out to leeward to induce heeling in very light air. Racing Rules of Sailing for 2013 – 2016 rule 49.2 states, “When lifelines are required by the class rules or the Sailing Instructions, they shall be taut, and competitors shall not position any part of their torsos outside them, except briefly to perform a necessary task.” The rule does allow the following: “On boats equipped with upper and lower lifelines, a competitor sitting on the deck facing outboard with his waist inside the lower lifeline may have the upper part of his body outside the upper lifeline.” Also called legs-out hiking. The British and Commonwealth term for this is “sit out.” Compare to: dogs in the doghouse and droop hiking.

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