A canting keel is hinged at the bottom of the hull and canted from side to side by massive hydraulic rams. This enables the crew to swing the ballast bulb to the windward side to counteract the forces of the sails trying to heel over the boat.
Strong and stable material used in the hull and rudders. Carbon has the same characteristics as Kevlar, but is even lighter and stiffer.
Free-flying corner of a sail, usually closest to the stern, to which the sheet is attached
Sailing as near to the wind as you can with the sails pulled in as tightly as possible
When the wind is between 35 and 90 degrees off the bow.
The lowered portion of the deck, from the stern and forward where the crew work.
A special light air sail, which measures in as a spinnaker but is actually a huge genoa.
Accidental (Crash) Gybe
When the boat gybes without the crew being prepared.
The team who sail the boat. In the case of the Volvo Open 70, the full complement of 11 people who sail the boat, including the skipper, navigator, helmsmen, trimmers, pitmen, mastmen, bowmen and media crew member.
Crosswind is the measure of whether you are ahead or behind another boat that has leverage, when you're sailing upwind or downwind. It's actually pretty simple – just a line drawn through your own bow, at a right angle to the True Wind Direction (TWD). If you are going upwind, then anyone upwind of that line is ahead of you, and anyone downwind of that line is behind.