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post #6 of Old 10-25-2012
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Re: Training and Developing Crew

I call students "mainsheetgirl"/ guy, (or jibsheet guy, or during a tack, oldjibsheet/newjibsheetguy, etc. So they hear it a lot, and i don't have to remember names immediately ;-)

I don't think teaching sailing vocab is insulting, we all have to learn the jargon in any new endeavor.

It helps if you tell them why things are called what they are and what they mean (or admit you have no idea why but just do it, please). Also tell them they'll sound tragically salty in the bar as they recount how they "flew the kite" (but *not* how they "blew the guy").

We all learn through repetition. In a pinch, go generic--"the line that lets the boom out, yeah THAT one"... Then return to proper jargon when things are calmer.

PS: fortunately the boats I teach on have assymmetrical spinnakers, so I don't have to say "Guy guy" ;-)

Last edited by nolatom; 10-25-2012 at 01:02 PM.
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