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Nothing is worse than being shouted at by another adult. It also adds to confusion in situations where calm is needed.

So my two cents here is to always use a clear calm voice.

A good captain can issue clear commands when the heat is on, so why do sailors have such a bad habit of yelling at their crew members when situations call for the need to be clear and calm.
There is a reason why you should sit down with your New crew and the old crew and go over all expected commands & procedures carefully before you have the lines taken in.
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Please note that English as spoken by our American friends can be signficantly different to English as spoken by the Brits. You will need to decide if you are more likely to have Brits or Americans in your crew before deciding on the terminology to use. Examples:

Brit-speak - heave-ho
Ameri-speak - hard a'' lee

Brit-speak - fender
Ameri-speak - bumper

Brit-speak - kicking strap
Ameri-speak - vang

and there must be many others! Come to think of it, a Brit-speak / Ameri-speak sailing dictionary would be a great project!

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I'm pretty sure Captain Aubrey always said "Helm's a-lee," too.
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That means "hit man" in Queens.
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The ASA's textbook for their first course (ASA 101) has various sequences of commands for tacking, gybing, etc. While none of this is written in stone, I found it useful at the time to know what people "normally" expected to hear for the usual maneuvers on the boat. You can find the text here

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"Trim" Bring the boom in toward amidships.
"Ease" Let the boom out.

With a knowledgeable crew, that is all you have to say.
If crew lacks experience, then you need to quantify., like trim,trim,trim,stop.

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Out here in SF they are called fenders or sometimes “Marina Del Ray Racing Stripes” when seen on underway boats. Covered fenders are also “Texas Tampons”. During racing out here, sometimes the helmsman will yell “BANG!” to alert the crew when passing head to wind while tacking. Sometimes I confuse Mrs. B by asking for her to “up” or “down” the traveller. Big grind/ease is different than grind/ease. And, there is a big difference in “running” a sheet and “blowing” a sheet.
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The only ones that I know to call Fenders, Bumpers are Ignoramouses and they need written instructions to wipe their backsides.... And yet you find them as officers of Yacht Clubs...
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"Trim" Bring the boom in toward amidships.
"Ease" Let the boom out.

With a knowledgeable crew, that is all you have to say.
If crew lacks experience, then you need to quantify., like trim,trim,trim,stop.

Dick
Not to be a wise acre, but what do you do when you're sailing at anything other than close hauled? And if you're sailing close hauled, are you in point mode, or bow down and footing? Are you easing the sheet, or lowering the traveller? And the vang? Good trim is a constant conversation between the helm and the trimmers.

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