Mast – big upright metal
Boom – horizontal metal
spar that hits your head
Shrouds – metal cables
holding mast up on sides
Forestay – cable/line
holding mast forward
Spreaders – provide
support to shrouds
Mainsheet – control
angle of mainsail
Jibsheet – control angle
of jib sail
Halyards – raise/lower
Boom Vang – prevents
boom from rising
Outhaul – stretches foot
(bottom) of sail
Cunningham – stretches
luff of sail
Head – top of sail
Luff – front edge of sail
Food – bottom of sail
Tack – corner of luff and
Leech – back edge of sail
Clew – corner of leech
Battens – provide rigidity
Port – Left when facing forward
Starboard – Right when facing forward
“Stars are always right.”
Ahead – forward
Astern/Aft – behind
Midships – midline
Abeam – beyond middle of boat at 90° angle
Windward – side from which the wind blows
Leeward (loo-ward) – opposite, downwind side
Port Tack – wind coming over port side of boat
Starboard Tack – wind coming over starboard side of
Which side is windward in this diagram?
What tack is this boat on?
Watch clouds for weather changes
Know wind direction (generally/predominantly)
How can you tell where the wind is coming from?
Feel it on your face
(not always reliable)
Boats at anchor
Current/Tides…..not our problem yo!
Wootwoot lake sailing!
Term for directly perpendicular to boat?
Whenever you’re on a boat or near the water!
Or, if you’re a freshman, probably a few times on
campus during the semester too
What do the three blue lines on our burgee mean?
What even is a burgee? Why is Vinny obsessed with it?
The three rivers!
Designates a Sailing/Yacht Club, or fleet, traditionally
Because this club is my baby.
Big tall dark clouds are moving toward you….what is
probably going to happen and what should you
Thunderstorm or big low pressure system bringing
rain and wind. Should probably go in and get off the
water/ away from the big metal lightning pole (mast)
Or stay out and sail if you’re a crazy mofo like Vinny….