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Canting Keel

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.

Carbon

Strong and stable material used in the hull and rudders. Carbon has the same characteristics as Kevlar, but is even lighter and stiffer.

Clew

Free-flying corner of a sail, usually closest to the stern, to which the sheet is attached

Close hauled

Sailing as near to the wind as you can with the sails pulled in as tightly as possible

Close reach

When the wind is between 35 and 90 degrees off the bow.

Cockpit

The lowered portion of the deck, from the stern and forward where the crew work.

Code Zero

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.

Crew

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

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.