Definitions of common AC34 terms.
CHALLENGER A team that seeks to sail
against the defender in the America’s
Cup finals. To do so, the team must apply
and be accepted as an official challenger
(the first to challenge is known as the
challenger of record) under the Deed of
Gift, then compete in the Louis Vuitton
Cup challenger series for the chance to
move for ward.
CORINTHIAN Yachting races that are
sailed by amateurs. By its very nature,
this type of racing would be described as
more genteel — though no less competitive
— with an emphasis on winning for the
honor versus for any monetary prize.
DEED OF GIF T The document that governs
the rules to make a valid challenge for the
America’s Cup as well as the rules of conduct for the races. The first Deed of Gift
was written in 1852 and, now in its third
version, is managed by a group of trustees.
DEFENDER The yacht club that
has won the most recent Cup
becomes the defender for the next
Cup race. This winning yacht club
then appoints a team to defend the
Cup. The team goes directly to the
America’s Cup finals and competes
against the winner of the Louis
Vuitton Cup challenger series.
FOILING When a boat hydrofoils above
the water. The AC72s are designed to foil
at speeds exceeding 40 knots.
GATE At each end of the course, teams must
go bet ween t wo marks to turn and head onto
the next leg of the course. These two marks
together are called the gate and, unlike a single turning mark, allow for teams to choose
to exit the gate in either direction.
GRINDER Both a position on the crew and
the equipment or pedestal that a sailor
uses. Grinders help trim in the sails and
foils, which require hydraulic instruments
to move them under heavy loads.
DOWNWIND Traveling with the wind.
LEEWARD Sailing farthest from the wind.
UPWIND Sailing into the wind.
WINDWARD Sailing closest to the wind.
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