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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?
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Re: Terminology: head up

Kind of depends on why you want to "head up" or "fall off".
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Actually, you would steer.

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Actually, you would steer.
Stear tastes better.

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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.

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Re: Terminology: head up

I highly recommend the book "The Complete Sailor":
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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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