Archive for February, 2013

PostHeaderIcon Square the Pole

using the afterguy to rotate the spinnaker pole’s outboard end along a horizontal arc until the pole is oriented perpendicular to the wind. See also: over-square and under-square.

PostHeaderIcon Quartering Sea

waves on a boat’s quarter.

PostHeaderIcon Storm Trysail

a small, strongly built sail used in place of a mainsail during storm conditions. Often made from orange-colored material or with orange highlights. The sail is either rigged to the boom and mainsheet, or is free flown. With either setup, the head is hoisted on the mail halyard, and the trysail’s tack is attached to the tack ring at the gooseneck (or, if it has a long tack pennant, to a point at the mast base). If the trysail is rigged to the boom, the mainsail is removed from the boom and stored below. Both the outhaul and a reef line are connected to the clew, along with a Velcro clew safety strap, and the mainsheet is used to position the trysail. If the trysail is free flown, the boom’s aft end is lowered to the deck and secured, and sheets are run from each quarter to the trysail’s clew, often through the spinnaker sheet turning blocks.

PostHeaderIcon Provision

to plan, acquire and stow any needed food and beverage items aboard a boat. Collectively, the items are provisions. known as victualing to sailors from Britain and the Commonwealth. See also: snacktician.

PostHeaderIcon Swag

the T-shirts, hats, bottle insulators, and myriad other logo/branded and promotional items given away at regattas and other gatherings. Insincere application of a term used in the 1600s for booty or loot—illegally acquired goods. But, really, who would steal this stuff? Australians and New Zealanders also use this term for the contents of their gear bag. Some believe that swag is an acronym for “stuff we all get.”

PostHeaderIcon Preventer

a line that runs forward from a boom to aid in controlling its movement during an accidental jibe. Some call this device a boom guy or a lazy guy. See also: human preventer.

PostHeaderIcon Tack Ring

1) A heavy metal ring that is sewn into a mainsail’s tack and that is captured by a mainsail’s tack fitting or pin at the gooseneck; or the ring that is sewn into a headsail’s tack and that is captured by a shackle or tack fitting on a bow horn. The ring sewn into a sail’s tack is also referred to as a sail ring, tack cringle, or tack grommet. 2) The semi-circular bracket that is located at the stemhead and that contains shackles used to capture a headsail’s tack or that the shackle on a headsail’s tack fastens to. The bracket at the stem is also referred to as a bow horn or stemhead bracket.

PostHeaderIcon Insulating Layer

a middle clothing layer designed to keep heat in and cold out by creating a still or dead air layer between the fibers. Usually put on over a wicking or base layer. Two popular insulating materials are wool, which naturally wicks away moisture, and fleece, a synthetic material that maintains its insulating ability even when wet and that spreads the moisture out so the material dries quickly. Compare to: foulies.


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