Technical Terms

Technical Terms

Spars and sails are infinitely and easily adjustable while racing, allowing the skilful crew to optimise the boat for any conditions, and removing the need for an optimum body weight that characterises so many other classes.

Dragon races cannot be won by brute strength. The Dragon's design philosophy has made it a class where extremely close racing is the norm, and where races are won by the crew's mastery of the conditions and tactics on the course rather than by speed advantage.

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aft achtern l'arrière (poupe) agter
amidships mittdchiffs au milieu midtskibs
athwartship Dwars oder auch Querschiffs par le travers  
backstay achterstag pataras bagstag
batten (sail) segellatte latte (voile) sejepinde
boom grossbaum bôme bom
bow bug proue staun
chocks mastkeile cales masteklodser
clew (sail) schothorn point d'écoute hjorne
cunningham cunningham cunningham cunningham
diamonds/jumpers jumpstag guignol strut/damant
downhaul Niedorholer hale-bas (tangon) nedhal
draft (sail) bauch/wolbung creux (voile) sejl facon
floorboards bodenbretter planchers bundbradder
forestay vorstag étai forstag
forward vorne en avant foran
genoa genua génois genoa
girth (sail) umfang/mittelbreite largeur développée (voile) malpunkt
halyard fall drisse fald
head (sail) kopf têtière top af sejl
keel bolts kielbolzen boulons de quille kol bolte
kicker/vang baumniederholer hale-bas (bôme) bomnedhal
lifting eye heissauge anneau de grutage lofteoje/punkt
lower shrouds unterwanten bas-haubans undervant
luff (sail) vorliek ralingue forlig
main grossegel grand-voile storsedl
mast crane mast kran potence (mat) mastekran
measurement points messpunkte points de jauge malepunkt
outhaul unterliekstrecker bosse d'empointure udhal
ram (mast) mastkontroller poissior (mat) masteskubber
rigging takelage gréement wire
roach (sail) achterlieksrundung rond de chute (voile) ageterlig
rudder ruder gouvernail ror
rudder pipe/rudder sock ruderkoker tube de jaumière ror ror/ror skaft
spinnaker pole spinnackerbaum tangon de spinnaker spilerstage
spinnaker spinnaker spinnaker spiler
spreaders salinge barre de flèche salinger
stern heck/spiegel poupe agterspeal
template schablone gabarit (jauge) rostjern
tiller pinne barre de gouvernail rorpind
turnbuckle/bottle screw wantenspanner ridoirs vantskruer
uphaul aufholer balancine (tangon) ophal