Because he's a helmsman! No disrespect intended, but he's pretty much at the pinnacle of his sport.
As an aside, I've been racking my brain about the "bear away" maneuver. It used to be named another way, and I can't remember either it or the "call" that it was about to be performed. Any sailors out there?
posted on 05/10/2013 11:20:03 AM PDT
To: Travis McGee
posted on 05/10/2013 11:22:10 AM PDT
(The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
posted on 05/10/2013 11:26:38 AM PDT
(If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
Tacking is when you change direction and swing the boom over with the bow into the wind.
Bear away sounds like a jibe, during which the boom swings over with the stern to the wind.
posted on 05/10/2013 11:27:39 AM PDT
(Joe McCarthy was right.)
It used to be named another way, and I can't remember either it or the "call" that it was about to be performed. Any sailors out there?
All I can find is that the bear away maneuver is also called "HELM TO WINDWARD."
posted on 05/10/2013 11:30:16 AM PDT
(The monsters are due on Maple Street)
They are racing 70’ catamarans in Americas Cup now? Ridiculous. A “Bear away” in multihull sailing is a way to deal with a gust. Traditionally in a gust you either trun slightly into the wind and/or ease the sails to depower. On modern racing multihulls they sometimes turn away from the wind to make it easier to fly the upwind hull, balancing it out by easing the main sail and keep the boat moving fast. All while going 30+ knots across the water. Very rad stuff and not in the Americas Cup Tradition.
posted on 05/10/2013 11:32:36 AM PDT
(No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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