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Re: This curious nautical language

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Originally Posted by Classic30 View Post
Lot's of lines run to the spinnaker pole. Technically, you're thinking of the brace aren't you??

Certainly whatever it is you're meaning by "blow the guy" isn't in any old-time nautical language list I've ever seen - it doesn't even sound nautical..
It's in Wikipedia so it must be a somewhat common nautical term, right?

"Retrieving the spinnaker is a multi-step process, and the take-down depends on wind position. First, the windward corner is detached from the spinnaker pole and the guy is released. This step is referred to as blowing the guy. This allows the spinnaker to collapse into the shadow of the mainsail, where the foot is gathered by a crew member. The halyard is then lowered..."

It was also in a 1985 article in Sailing World magazine: http://www.sailingworld.com/sites/al...-takedowns.pdf.

Last edited by gamayun; 09-20-2013 at 03:13 AM.
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