Crew Discussion & Training Quiz # 2

This discussion/quiz was used to educate the regular Vanishing Animal crew through many successful seasons. Other boats may sail differently than we do, and their answers may be different from ours, but our way worked for many years. The value in these questions is the discussions they provoke - and the team they build. We suggest each individual crew member circle/rank their answers, then have a discussion on who had which answers.

1.  When leading sheets and guys

a.  put a figure '8" in all sheets & guys
b.  leave them uncleated for future adjustment
c.  pull them all tight and cleat them
d.  follow a set pattern to avoid fouls
e.   it is the foredeck crew's responsibility

2.  The start of the class before you

a.  is not very important
b.  gives important clews about sail selection
c.  can suggest the best place to start
d.  is most important for testing your timing
e.  both b & c

3.  At the start, seconds count because,

a.  the skipper has timed the run to the line
b.  a few seconds may cost you clear air
c.  a few seconds early may be very bad
d.  they can add to elapsed time
e.  all of the above

4.  While sailing in the starting area, with 15 minutes to go,

a.  wave hello to all your friends
b.  discuss the sail change for the second leg
c.  talk to the helmsman a lot to learn what's going on
d.  keep one eye on your duties and one on other boats
e.  go below and get the clothes you will need for the first leg

5.  If the jib breaks too high on the luff

a.  move the lead outboard
b.  move the lead forward
c.  move the lead inboard
d.  move the lead aft
e.  none of the above

6.  Jib halyard tension effects

a.  draft position
b.  lead position
c.  main backwindlng
d.  slot shape
e.  all of the above

7.  The main sheet traveler car, on a medium beat, should usually be

a.  on the centerline
b.  to leeward of center
c.  to weather of center
d.  very tight
e.  very loose

8.  The draft of the main is usually not adjusted by

a.  the outhaul
b.  the cunningham
c.  the flattening reef
d.  the haylard
e.  none of the above

9.  Being on starboard tack is tactically crucial

a.  when two boats meet
b.  at the start
c.  at the mark
d.  in a protest situation
e.  downwind

10.  The crew weight should be

a.  midships to weather in moderate wind
b.  midships to leeward in light winds
c.  moved forward in a chop
d.  moved aft downwind
e.  all of the above

If you would like to know an original answer, email Rick Van Mell.

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