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Encyclopedia > Guy (sailing)

A guy is a term for a line (rope) attached to and intended to control the end of a spar on a sailboat. On a modern sloop-rigged sailboat with a symmetric spinnaker, the spinnaker pole is the spar most commonly controlled by one or more guys. Rope is also the title of a movie by Alfred Hitchcock Coils of rope used for long-line fishing A rope is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength, for pulling and connecting. ... Important notice: This article is about the modern civilian boat type. ... Traditional wooden cutter beating. ... A spinnaker is a special sail that is designed specifically for sailing downwind (with the wind behind the boat). ...


There are two primary types of guys used to control a spinnaker pole:

  1. The afterguy (or working guy) is attached to the clew of the spinnaker, and runs through the jaws on the outboard end of the pole and back to the cockpit. The afterguy is used to rotate the outboard end of the pole around the mast in order to optimize the sail's effectiveness, depending on the direction of the wind. Because a spinnaker has two clews, there is always a second guy similar to the afterguy attached to the free end of the spinnaker. This is called the lazy guy, since it is not bearing any load. When the boat jibes the spinnaker pole will be moved from one side of the boat to the other, causing the lazy guy to become the afterguy and vice versa.
  2. The foreguy is also attached to the outboard end of the spinnaker pole, but it is rigged so it pulls down on the end of the pole. The foreguy is used to keep the end of the pole from lifting up under heavy wind. In addition, it can be used to change the shape of the spinnaker slightly to make the sail more efficient. The foreguy should not be confused with a downhaul. While both the foreguy and downhaul perform the same function, they attach to the pole in different places: the foreguy at the end and the downhaul in the middle.


In sailing, the clew is the lower aft corner of the sail. ... A jibe (also spelled gybe) is when a sailing boat (yacht) turns its stern through the wind, such that the direction of the wind changes from one side of the boat to the other. ...


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Bright Weavings: The Worlds of Guy Gavriel Kay - Reviews of The Sarantine Mosaic (11802 words)
Amongst Crispin's people, the expression "sailing to Sarantium," meant that one was "on the cusp of change: poised for emergent greatness, brilliance, fortune--or else at the very precipice of a final and absolute fall as he met something too vast for his capacity" (41).
Guy Gavriel Kay's latest novel, Sailing to Sarantium, is a fine example of the strengths of his writing: deft characterization, vivid worldbuilding, and a continuing tribute to civilization and culture.
Sailing to Sarantium was in many ways a quest, the tale of how the fine young mosaicist, Caius Crispis (Crispin, to his friends), came from the far West of the empire to Sarantium to work on the ceiling of the great cathedral of Jad, the sun god.
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