Saturday, March 14, 2009

Racing Rules For Beginners #4 : Some More Useful Definitions

In this presentation of racing rules for beginners, knowledge of a few more terms will be helpful.
  • Close Hauled - A boat sailing as close to the wind direction as possible
  • Head-to-Wind - A boat pointed straight into the wind. Sails will be luffing.
  • Inside - A boat positioned between the mark and another boat
  • Outside - A boat positioned with another boat between them and the mark
  • Proper Course - The course a boat would sail to get to the next mark as quickly as possible
  • Room - The space a boat needs to maneuver properly given conditions
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