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Slayer 01-07-2014 08:41 AM

Terminology: head up
 
When sailing down wind, let's say on a broad reach, if you were to "head up" would you stear up to a beam reach and if you were to "fall off" you would stear to a run?

Sabreman 01-07-2014 08:52 AM

Terminology: head up
 
Yes

jimrafford 01-07-2014 08:57 AM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
Kind of depends on why you want to "head up" or "fall off".
Jim

FSMike 01-07-2014 09:01 AM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
Actually, you would steer.

MarkofSeaLife 01-07-2014 09:11 AM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by FSMike (Post 1282402)
Actually, you would steer.

Stear tastes better. :D

Barquito 01-07-2014 09:51 AM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
When I was in earlier stages of learning, I often got confused which way to go when the instructor said 'head up' when I was on a run. I realized that my memory of the term was linked to a kinesthetic sense of easing up on the tiller (like I would be doing close hauled). I think my brain wires make some strange connections.

Alex W 01-07-2014 11:14 AM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
I highly recommend the book "The Complete Sailor":

We use this as the textbook in the teaching program at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle. It answers questions like this very nicely, is easy to browse and read, and is not expensive.

When I first learned how to sail I would keep two copies handy, one on the boat and one at home. I was constantly thumbing through it.

miatapaul 01-07-2014 12:45 PM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
I have to say I do find a lot of the terminology very confusing. Once you get it down pat it becomes second nature. Then you start to understand why the terms are used. I never understood why, then when early on I was on a boat and someone said to turn right, and the answer was "your right or mine" well port/starboard really clarifies it and there is no doubt in the end. Kind of reminds me when I was resetting a password for someone and it was "Uppercase B, lowercase a, 2" and she responds "is that an upper case or lower case 2?" I thought about it, and thought better of making a snide remark as she was one of the top 25 executives at IBM and just sail lower case...

A concise unique vocabulary can be hard to learn, really almost like another language, but avoids a lot of confusion in the end.

jackdale 01-07-2014 12:53 PM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
I avoid "fall off" in favour of "bear away". The former has an unpleasant connotation on a boat.

Head up into the wind.

Bear away from the wind.

Minnesail 01-07-2014 01:09 PM

Re: Terminology: head up
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by jackdale (Post 1283314)
I avoid "fall off" in favour of "bear away". The former has an unpleasant connotation on a boat.

Head up into the wind.

Bear away from the wind.

My wife, not a sailor, is not a fan of hearing people cry "Fall off" when on a boat.


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