Sep 23, 2008, 5:38 PM
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The Laser Training Center in Cabarete, Dominican Republic played host to Olympic Gold Medalist Anna Tunnicliffe and 16 other athletes that competed at the 2008 Olympic Games, providing equipment, coaching, and ideal sailing conditions, The center is now in the final stages of producing a Laser boat handling DVD to allow the everyday sailor to see and learn from the same footage the Pros use to get even better. However, they are faced with some translation issues, and are struggling to find words or terms that exist in many other languages, but not in English.
Cabarete Training Center - Laser boat handling DVD
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One of the issues they face is for the many uses of the English word ‘luff’. An example is that the leading edge of the sail is the luff, the opposite of bearing away is to luff, and when the leading edge of the sail is flapping the sail is luffing. Comments Ari Barshi of the Laser Training Center, “In English you can ask a person to luff (head upwind) but then scold him for luffing, as his sail is flapping with no force.”As a result, Ari is eager for alternate words to describe the flapping of the sail in the leading edge that is NOT luffing.
Ari is also looking for a word that describes a sudden and forceful extension of the body to windward. This is usually done when completing a tack in light and medium winds. Once done, the sailor sits back in the boat or begins to hike in continues mode. (By the ISAF Rule book the word is maybe Torque, but most people think of torque as a repeated fore and aft motion).
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