Glossary

Abeam - At right angles to the centerline of the hulls. Aft - In or near the stern. To the back or behind the boat. Apparent Wind - To those aboard a boat in motion, the direction from which the wind appears to blow. The sum of the true wind and the wind created by the boats forward motion. See the Apparent Wind section in this book. Batten - A fiberglass strip inserted into a pocket in the sail to support the leach and provide shape. Block - A seagoing pulley through which lines and sheets...

Info

Turning into the wind, or coming about, is the most common sailing maneuver When coming about, the object is to pass the bows of the boat through the eye of wind and over to the other side. Let's refer to the clock example. Suppose you are sailing to the ten o'clock position, but wish to change course and sail to the two o'clock spot. You would first move the tiller toward the sail to move the bows through the wind coming from noon. Then you would straighten the tiller once the boat is heading...

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North American Hobie Class Association Forward by Hobie Alter, Mimi Appel, & Bob Sailing information and where to find it update by Rich McVeigh 1 Hobie Cat Anatomy by Bob Glossary of sailing terms by Bob Points of Sail by Bob Points of Sail vs. Boat Speed by Bob Apparent Wind by Bob Sail Trim by Bob Anatomy of a Tack by Rick White, illustrated by Bob Mimlitch 10 Anatomy of a Gybe by Bob Tacking and Gybing by Hobie Cat Knots by Bob Start Sailing Right by Alan Hobie 14 Rigging and Tuning...

Launching Through The Surf

This is an advanced maneuver depending on the wave, water, current (rip), and wind conditions. It is included here as a future reference and should not be attempted until you become a proficient and experienced sailor. 2. With light winds and heavy surf it will probably be impossible to get out through the surf. You will need a minimum amount of power to punch through the waves. The conditions will dictate what you are able to do, and experience and good judgment are invaluable. When in doubt...

Sail Trim

When on a beam reach the skipper should steer toward the mark, and both the skipper and crew must keep the telltales flowing on both the main and jib by sheeting in and out. 2. The higher the wind velocity, the more you should downhaul. 3. On a close or beam reach, the sails should be set and cleated, and the skipper should steer by the telltales, regardless of the location of the next mark. 4. On a sloop rig the outhaul should be tight all the time when beating. 5. While sailing downwind on a...