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Nautical Terms

RRR   ROMEO   RRR

RAKE The angle of the mast with the deck
RANGE  1) Sighting  two objects in a line to indicate a course to be steered 
2) The distance a boat can travel using the fuel stored aboard
RAP FULL  A little off the wind, with all sails filled
REACH  On a tack with the wind coming from the side (abeam) 
READY ABOUT  The call to tack
REEF To reduce the sail area
REEF POINTS  Short pieces of line set in a sail for reefing 
REEVE  To pass a line through a block 
RIGHT OF WAY  The right to maintain a course according to the Rules of Navigation
ROACH  The curve of the trailing edge of the sail 
RODE  An anchor line or cable 
ROLL  The sideways motion of a boat 
ROLLING HITCH  A knot  
ROUND TURN  One complete turn of the line around a cleat, spar or another line
RUDDER  A board-shaped piece attached to the rudderpost or stern for  steering and maneuvering 
RULES OF THE ROAD  Rules of Navigation - The laws of navigation written to prevent accidents and collisions, including right of way, lights, pennants, and  whistle signals
RUNNERS  Detachable backstays set for the tack
RUNNING  Sailing with the wind coming from the stern
RUNNING RIGGING  All control lines used to adjust the sails
 
 
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