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#101 Ajax

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

One point, we always keep the guy hard and smoke the halyard, then ease the guy when the kite is gathered. Kind of a leap of faith thing. Sends wrong to let the halyard run but it works.

I say "burp" the halyard. The crew seemed to understand that more readily.

"Stop pumping the head, it's shooting into your kayak"


ROFL...oh man, that one had me in stitches. Ew...

#102 MoeAlfa

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:35 AM

If your crew smokes the halyard when you say "burp", you've got a prawblem there, Cappy.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:50 AM

I think you sound like the wanker Speng.
I say helms a lee. Sometimes I say "helms a louis" I never say "tacking". The entire manouver is a tack. The "helms a lee" part is just the initial component.
I say "jibe ho". Sometimes I just say "jibing". I don't give it much thought.
And it is Looward. It's only a wanker who says "lee-ward".
I use "line" all the time unless I am in New Zealand then I say "rope". Because, down there they look at you kind of odd if you say "line".

Not sure it matters as long as you are communicating.
But everyday is "talk like a pirate" day for me.

I say ":aarrgghh" a lot and my dogs totally understand.


Bob, I thing you found my next puppy's name...Looward :)

#104 Bob Perry

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:15 AM

Dacapo:
I thought you were going to say, "Aarrgghh".

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:31 AM

I love the terminolgogy.
"Pushpit" is just not a word. period.


Ok just for fun. Do you know the origins of Cunningham?
I'll give you a hint. It has to do with car racing.


Briggs Cunningham?

But a "Charley Noble" is just a stove pipe. Why can't we just say "stovepipe"?



Agree on pushpit. Where did that come from? What an awful (non)term.

Did you know that in some parts of the country a "clever pig" is a Cunningham? (Small boats, mid-west '70s)

On the lakes you were "making trees" if were going fast.

Hate the downf**er, etc. Prefer very specific names for absolutely each function. e.g. a pole downhaul being
different than a pole foreguy. Anyone have a good name for the spin sheet twing that some boats rig and that is
lead out to the end of the main boom?

Have you heard the term the "navigator's balls". Got that from Navy ROTC class.

I always liked the term "kicking strap" which is best pronounced with a British accent.

-ng

Sorry if you hate making trees! Gal from a small Kansas lake was on the boat this year during a coastal race. When we showed her "making trees" she understood entirely. Watch the coast, if your competition is covering/climbing the coast you ain't making trees.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:37 AM

guy goes to see a therapist...

"Doc, I'm having an aweful time, sometimes I think I'm a tee-pee,

then I think I'm a wigwam

then a tee-pee

THEN A WIGWAM! THEN A TEE-PEE!!!"

The doctor replies, "Relax, you're too tense."

The Indian who kept drinking tea
and drinking tea
till they found him drowned
in his Tee Pee

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:38 AM

I love the terminolgogy.
"Pushpit" is just not a word. period.

But there are some words that we don't have "English" translations for like:

bearding line
horn timber
futtock shrouds
Charley Noble
Sampson post
Barney post
Stive
Throat halyard
Whiskey plank

These words only apply to sailing vessels.
I think it is important for a few of us old farts to preserve the integrity of the terminology.
I think it is important.

If some one said to you "Back the main royal brace" would you know what to do?
Ok, it's not something you would say everyday.
But, just in case

Ok just for fun. Do you know the origins of Cunningham?
I'll give you a hint. It has to do with car racing.


Briggs Cunningham?

But a "Charley Noble" is just a stove pipe. Why can't we just say "stovepipe"?

In some america's cup or other, '58 maybe, Briggs had a gromet sewn into the main where none had gone before....

#108 WarBird

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:56 AM


guy goes to see a therapist...

"Doc, I'm having an aweful time, sometimes I think I'm a tee-pee,

then I think I'm a wigwam

then a tee-pee

THEN A WIGWAM! THEN A TEE-PEE!!!"

The doctor replies, "Relax, you're too tense."

The Indian who kept drinking tea
and drinking tea
till they found him drowned
in his Tee Pee

Guy goes to his therapist.
Therapist gives him the Worsach ink blot test.
Doc says "what do you see?
Guy says "I see a naked lady.
Doc shows another blotch and asks "what do you see?"
Guy says "Two naked ladies"
Doc shows another blotch and asks "what do you see?'
Guy says "A man and women making love".
Doc says "you have an obsession with sex".
Guy says "me? You keep showing me dirty pictures"

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:02 AM

Perfect sailing term? Snotter! pulls or pushes a gaff or some funny diagonal spar! SNOTTER! ...... perfect ......

#110 PeterSailor

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:01 PM

Too many sailing terms. Learned sailing in french (Québec) 30 years ago, and now, my usual crew (wife and kids, and all newbies) are french. My boat is in Ontario and we sometime beef up knowledge with some club members. So now we sail bilingual (Molière and Shakespeare). Too many terms...

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

I'd add, to BobP's list, BAGGYWRINKLE. No idea what you'd call that stuff other than "baggywrinkle"

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

Beau:
Baggywrinkle makes sense to me because it seems descriptive of the "thing".

My wife calls me "Baggywrinkle".

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 04:43 PM

Beau:
Baggywrinkle makes sense to me because it seems descriptive of the "thing".

My wife calls me "Baggywrinkle".


Oh, that's harsh. ;)

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:58 AM

I believe the pulpit was invented by that great sailor Uffa Fox - he put a simple one on the 12m Evaine when training against Sceptre in the really windy 57-58 seasons - to stop the bowman going over the side while hanking on the new headsail.

His irreverent sense of humor created the name.

Any historian who can correct this good story, please do!

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 01:08 AM

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:06 AM

hate to say it, but I'm probably a bad example. Though I do make a major effort to say starboard/port, that's about it. I do say 'tacking' or 'we're going to gybe now'.

Other than that, it's "grab the sheet" (first attempt, if not grabbed then it's "GRAB THE DAMN ROPE!"). I might say 'helm's down', but usually I say 'okay, everyone ready? HERE WE GO WATCH YOUR HEADS!" That, of course, is after saying 'we're going to tack' or 'we're going to gybe'.




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