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Flossing

A way of cleaning the leading edge of keel or rudders should weed or other detritus lodge there by dragging a rope down the leading edge

Foot

Bottom edge of a sail.

Foredeck

The deck in front of the mast

Foredeck crew

One who is responsible for everything in front of the mast, i.e. hoisting or dropping sail on the foredeck and climbing the rigging.

Forward

Towards the front of the boat

Foreguy

Spinnaker pole downhaul. Usually leading forward to the bow on a boat like the Volvo Open 70. Controlled by the pitman and operated in conjunction with the pole lift. The foreguy works with the guy or brace and the pole lift to position the end of the spinnaker pole in space.

Forestay

Wire, rod or synthetic stay at the front of the boat used to hold up the mast. Sometimes there is more than one forestay

Forestay track

A track with two slots attached around the forestay. The headsail runs up one of the slots when they are hoisted.

Foul weather gear

Waterproof clothing worn to protect from as much of the spray and waves bursting over the boat as possible.

Freeze dried

Lightweight food carried aboard long distance racing boats. The food is reconstituted by pouring boiling water into the pack stirring well and then allowing it to stand for about 10 minutes, absorbing the water.

Front

A weather front is a line representing the transition between two air masses; an air mass is a section of the earth's atmosphere which has relatively uniform temperature and moisture, but not uniform pressure. Fronts generally cause changes in wind speed and direction as they pass