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Old 24-09-2016, 23:56   #1
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Help with a nautical term requested.

I was sailing in an offshore race at the weekend and during one of the spinnaker drops when much drama was unfolding in the cockpit with a number of the crew seriously struggling to control the kite, the helmsman suddenly screamed "fire it! fire it!" at the person responsible for lowering the spinnaker.

How would you interpret this command?
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Old 25-09-2016, 00:51   #2
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

Probably to just dump the halyard with no dreams of a nice controlled drop.

But different ships, different long splices, and different colloquialisms.

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Old 25-09-2016, 03:08   #3
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

Ha, that old tale of shooting a few flares through the middle of a kite comes to mind... Id probably go with jims interpretation as well.

Old trick we used to do was drop the halyard in the water behind us. No chance of a tangle, and just the right amount of friction when we blew the clutch.

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Help with a nautical term requested.

Sound like a gentlemanly way of saying, "get the (expletive) thing down".




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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

Probably means the same as when somebody yells "blow it" meaning to totally release the sheet/halyard etc.
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

The skipper employed the chute...therefore fired it.
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

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How would you interpret this command?
You need to ask this over on Sailing Anarchy. You'd have had a dozen definite responses from hardcore racers by now.
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

How about asking the helmsman?
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Old 25-09-2016, 08:49   #9
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

Aussie term for "blow the halyard".
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

As already said, blow the halyard so it streams low and can be pulled aboard
Heard it from Yankees as well as Aussies


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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

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How about asking the helmsman?
Too sensible.
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

It means release the sheet from the spinnaker pole
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

I believe your skipper needs to take a weekend or so before the next race and engage in a little coaching and crew practice.
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Re: Help with a nautical term requested.

The thing that the crew should be trying to "fire" is the snap shackle holding the spinnaker tack. Nonetheless the skipper might have meant the halyard. Hopefully not because that can make the job even harder.
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The thing that the crew should be trying to "fire" is the snap shackle holding the spinnaker tack. Nonetheless the skipper might have meant the halyard. Hopefully not because that can make the job even harder.
Agreed, but the "command" was directed (as I understood the OP) at the chap on the halyard. PErhaps misunderstood...

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