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Painter

Rope at the bow of a small boat used to tie the boat to shore.

Pedestal

A structure in the cockpit that is linked to the winch system and carries two sets of double rotary handles at the correct height for crew members to apply their power to the handles when working the winches. The handles drive shafts below the cockpit floor through gearboxes that can be clutched to any of the main winch drums. Using the pedestals therefore, maximum

Peeling

Taking down the old sail after the new one is up.

Pitman

Crew member responsible for the halyards, sail shaping controls apart from the sheets. Will often double as a grinder as he's usually the closest, making him one of the hardest working crew members.

Polar diagram

A diagram showing boat speed at different wind speeds and wind angles.

Pole in

Tightening the guy bringing the spinnaker and pole windward.

Pontoon

Floating jetty to which to moor your boat.

Port

Left hand side of the boat (facing forwards).

Position report

A report on every boat's position, sent by Volvo Ocean Race Headquarters.

Pulpit Rail

Configuration which sits on the bow.

Pushpit

Rail configuration which sits on each corner of the stern