Posts Tagged ‘regatta’

PostHeaderIcon Bear Away

to turn away from the wind; fall off. The opposite of heading up. See also: acceleration mode, foot and foot mode.

PostHeaderIcon Bar Sailing

a colloquialism for describing sailing maneuvers by using your hands to represent boats, courses, heel angles, and tactics, usually as part of a postmortem conducted in a drinking establishment. Also known as dry sailing, hand sailing, and karate yachting.

PostHeaderIcon Mommy Boat

a derogatory term for a coach or support boat.

PostHeaderIcon Finish Report

a log showing each competitor’s finishing order and time. Compare to: corrected time and mark rounding sheet.

PostHeaderIcon Shoot the Mark

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.

PostHeaderIcon Brag Flag

a pennant or burgee that commemorates a winning finish in a race or regatta. Often flown from the winning boat’s headstay. Compare to: battle flag.

PostHeaderIcon Touch and Go

1) When a boat’s keel lightly rubs the ground, without damage and without the boat getting stuck. 2) To finish a race and immediately continue on to another location without docking at race headquarters or joining in post-race activities. See known as a turn and burn.

PostHeaderIcon Start Line

an invisible line usually designated as between a pole with an orange flag on the Race Committee boat and a colored buoy that marks the line’s pin end. For a windward/leeward course, the start line is theoretically set perpendicular to the wind. For a distance race, the line is set perpendicular to the rhumb line. Several factors influence start line length: the number of competitors in the largest fleet, maximum boat length, maneuverability of the boats racing, wind velocity, wave height, and current drift and set. A start line may be set 0.1 nm or more leeward of the leeward mark to keep starters away from earlier section boats that may already be rounding the leeward mark. See also: box, favored end, and inner distance mark. Compare to: rabbit start.

PostHeaderIcon Gate

a pair of marks theoretically set perpendicular to the wind and set some width apart. A boat can choose to round either mark as long as the boat passes between them first from the proper direction. Gates are supposed to eliminate congestion at a mark when a fleet or class contains many competitors. Often, one mark is favored—because it is closer, less crowded, or towards the favored side of the course. Gates are most often used at the leeward end of a course but may be used at the windward end. The distance between the marks is approximately 8 to 10 times the boat length of the longest boats racing. Compare to: offset mark and scoring gate.

PostHeaderIcon School

if you school a competitor, you teach them a lesson; out sail them. If a competitor schools you, they have out sailed you and taught you a lesson. If you go to school on a competitor, for example the boat that always leads the fleet in the section that starts before yours or the fastest boat in your own fleet, you learn their methods and tactics. You copy their set-up; see how they trim their sails and position their weight, etc. You borrow their knowledge and creativity.


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