Originally Posted by foolishsailor
ex-calif nailed it...
You need to know all the terms of everything on deck
. As you are a rookie you will not be usiing your brain but you will be an extension of the skippers hands. When he tells you to take in or trim the jib
you need to know what that means. When he tells you to ease tension in the main halyard
you need to know that as well. You get the drift.
Most important thing besides not falling in the water
is to know where the boom is in relation to your head
at all times...
You are right about his role.
PLEASE -- if the captain
tells you to do something (for instance, to drop a line) just DO IT and ask why afterwards. If the skipper
trusts you to be able to do something he needs you to do what he tells you to do promptly. He is assuming you will as he does some other thing. Then when the maneuver is done, if you haven't figured out why you needed to drop that line -- ask then. But at the time, just do what you were told (not asked, told) to do.