I was playing with online quizzes coding and though I would try one out. Here is are 20 questions mostly about Sails but also about Sailing and Rigging. The terms come from my page about sail and rigging terminology.

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Sail, Sailing and Rigging Terminology QUIZ

Answer the questions by clicking into the white dot. At the end press the GET SCORE button.

Section 1, Easy Questions

1. What is the CENTRE OF EFFORT (CE)?

  • The spot close to the centerpoint of the boom where the mainsheet attaches.
  • The point on the sail where the force of the wind appears to act.
  • The mid-point of a topping lift.
  • The centre of gravity of a keel or centreboard.

2. What is WEATHER HELM?

  • A special damper added to the helm in rough weather
  • A self steering wind vane arrangement used in long trips
  • The tendency of a sailboat to want to point into the wind.
  • A watch period in which the weather is deteriorating.

3. Where would you find a CLEW?

  • The corner of the sail which is at the lower corner downwind from the mast.
  • The lower corner nearest to the mast.
  • A strong clip like device that secures the outhaul.
  • In a Sherlock Holmes novel.

4. What is a YARD?

  • Small headsail sometimes set in front of a jib.
  • A large batten found at the centre of a sail.
  • Short lengths of line specifically kept to secure chafing gear.
  • A spar on a mast from which a sail is set.

5. What is a mast's RAKE?

  • A implement in old sailing ships that held belaying pins around the base of a mast.
  • An implement spanning from the mast to midship, on fishing vessels, that helped keep baited hooks from tangling.
  • The front to back angle of a mast.
  • A small brass divider which kept lines from tangling.

6. What is the purpose of a TRAVELLER?

  • To allow the angle of the sail to be adjusted without having to change the sheet tension or changing the sail shape.
  • Measuring the speed of wooden ships. It was part of a floating instrument deployed behind the ships.
  • Large line used to modify the angle of a bowsprit. It was connected to the capstan.
  • Cart with small wheels which helped aim cannons and reduced the force of recoil.

7. What is a TOPPING LIFT

  • A line running from the mast used to support the top of a furler on a jib or genoa.
  • Line running from the yard to the mast used to tighten the top of the main sail. There is usually a small block to improve mechanical advantage.
  • A line running from the end of the boom to some higher point on the mast used to support the boom.
  • A line located on the top of an anchor to help release it when it gets caught on the bottom.

8. What is the CAMBER of a sail?

  • Angle of attack
  • Fabric used to reinforce its corners
  • The Bulge of a sail
  • A protective sail cover made from heavy fabric

9. What does DRAFT of a sail refer to?

  • Another word for Camber
  • The amount of rounding cut in the side of the sail to give it shape.
  • Sail Plan
  • The angle of the jib or genoa made with the deck of a sailboat.

10. What is a "CHUTE"?

  • A small sail used in high winds instead of the normal jib.
  • A staysail
  • A small protected vent opened to bring air into a cabin during bad weather.
  • An informal name for a spinnaker

Keep Going, Complex and Esoteric Questions, the Expert Section.

11. What would you do with a GOLLYWOBBLER?

  • Get the Bug Spray ... Fast.
  • Hoist it up between 2 masts
  • Push it into a leaking through-deck opening quickly before the boat filled with water.
  • Give it a glass or rum and hope it does not make trouble

12. What would you do with a CRINGLE?

  • Crimp it carefully on two pieces of line to fasten them together.
  • Make a hole in canvas with it
  • Use it to attach the tiller to rudder
  • Put it on the corner of a sail.

13. Where would you expect to find an EUPHROE?

  • On a junk Rig
  • On a pram style scandinavian dinghy
  • On a Bowsprit holding up a staysail
  • On a sculling oar

14. Why would you install LAZYJACKS?

  • To help in the wind vane tiller assembly
  • To gather up a mainsail as it is lowered
  • To help lower a small dinghy in the water.
  • To maintain tension at the throat of a sail.

15. Of what use is a SNOTTER?

  • Keeps the nose of a ship in the wind at anchor
  • Gathers up and acts as protective gear for the main sheet block when the boat is not sailing.
  • Cloth used to wipe salt stain from the compass
  • Tightens the sprit of a spritsail.

16. What is a BAGGYWRINKLE?

  • A traditional canvas bag used to hold instruments used during a watch.
  • A decorative knotted mat placed under blocks on decks and sometimes used on steps.
  • A stretched out and poorly shaped sail.
  • Fluffy chafe gear

17. What is LIFT caused by?

  • Poor balance between the Center of Effort CE and the Center of Lateral Resistance CLR
  • Difference of air (or water) pressures as air rushes over a foil.
  • Uncomfortable banging of a light boat going over a steep wave
  • The pendulum like movement of some boats when going through downwind waves.

18. What use is a JACKLINE?

  • A line set up on which a safety harness is clipped.
  • Light weighted line used in docking.
  • Line used to lift heavy loads
  • Line set up on a bowsprit to control headsails

19. If you are SHUNTING a proa what are you doing?

  • Setting a crab claw sail and making ready.
  • Avoiding Reefs by lifting the ama
  • Doing a normal jibe
  • You are moving the rigging in a double ended boat in order to sail in the opposite direction.

20. What are you doing if you are SCANDALIZING a spritsail?

  • You are letting go of the main sheet to stop a death roll.
  • You are sailing with a loose sprit creating large wrinkles horizontally across the sail
  • You releasing the snotter to quickly drop the sprit and reduce sail.
  • You are raising the boom against the mast to reduce sail.

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