Reunion in Sicily
For the people doing their first journey in the Eye, a manual was handed to everyone in order to explain vocabulary and sail handling. After a couple of days, one should have learned the names of the sails and their basic handling.
BASIC SAILING SHIP RIGGING VOCABULARY
- Provides rearward support to a mast. A RUNNING BACKSTAY can be triced out of the way when not in use.
- Spar which extends the FOOT of a sail.
- BOOM PREVENTER
- Tackle rigged to prevent a BOOM from swinging out of control when a ship is rolling.
- Lines for altering the angle of the YARDS to suit the direction of the wind.
- Line for gathering up the BUNT of a sail when it is being taken in.
- The lower after corner of a fore and aft sail. Also the lower corner of a square sail.
- Line for gathering up the CLEW of a sail when it is being taken in.
- Line for pulling a sail down when it is being taken in.
- Bottom edge of a sail.
- Ropes under the YARDS for standing on when aloft.
- Spar for extending the HEAD of a four cornered fore and aft sail.
- Rope for lashing sails secure after they have been taken in.
- Line for hoisting a sail when being set.
- The top edge of a sail.
- The vertical edge of a square sail. The after edge of a fore and aft sail.
- Line for pulling in the leach of a sail when it is being taken in.
- Line to support the weight of a BOOM or YARD.
- The foreward edge of a fore and aft sail.
- The foreward top corner of a four cornered staysail.
- The after top corner of a fore and aft sail.
- Lines tied across the SHROUDS to enable people to go aloft.
- Line for extending the CLEW of a sail when being set.
- Rigging providing sideways support to a mast.
- The foreward lower corner of a fore and aft sail. The line used to extend the windward CLEW of a squaresail.
- The foreward top corner of a gaff sail.
- Line to prevent a GAFF from swinging when a ship is rolling.