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Answer #1 | 18/12 2013 07:56
Crosby, Stills and Nash... "Southern Cross" One of my favorite songs, but NOT a "sailing" question. If you don't understand the words, I suggest you consult a good dictionary
Answer #2 | 18/12 2013 12:46
"Sailing a reach before a following sea" - on a reach, the wind is coming from the side. Following sea, the waves are coming from behind. As usually the waves are coming from the same direction as the wind, this may be a bit messed up. Maybe the wind is coming from the quarter, somewhere between directly behind and directly to one side. "on the outside" - who knows, but I'd guess it's on the seaward side of some big islands, maybe the Pacific side of New Zealand "on this heading" - in the direction the boat is pointing/travelling "off the wind" - not directly to windward, or downwind either. If the boat's on a reach, that would be true - the boat is not heading either directly downwind (in the same direction as the wind) or directly to windward (which is impossible without an engine)
Answer #3 | 18/12 2013 13:12
Reaching- the point of sailing where the wind comes from the side of the boat. (close reach - the wind is slightly from ahead - broad reach slightly from behind) Reaching is a very relaxed & fast point of sail with little sail trim to worry about & with the waves coming square from behind the boat's motion is usually very easy, a slow back &forth rocking motion. Following seas - the waves are coming from behind you. On the outside - not going through an inner channel - ie more open water. down hill run - the wind is behind you - broad reach to a square run (wind directly behind) Waterline length is the length of the boat at the waterline. Length overall includes overhangs at the ends etc. ( Waterline length normally does not include rudder if it breaks the surface - just the hull proper.) Great song
Answer #4 | 18/12 2013 14:36
and to fill in the blank about " making for the Trades on the outside.." we motorsailed out of Honolulu Harbor, picked up the Trades, hung a right and 23 glorious days later "Mayan" was in Tahiti

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