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Radar

Electronic instrument that shows ice, ships, rain, or land near the boat. The radar sends out signals which registers if there is a returning echo.

Reach

Sailing with the wind on the side of the boat.

Reef

Making the sails smaller in strong winds.

Rib

Framework which stiffens the hull on the inside.

Rig

Catch-all term for the mast and boom, sails, standing and running rigging, the motor powerhouse of the boat.

Rigging

The rods, wires or composite stays used to support the mast (standing rigging) and the ropes used to control sails etc. as well as moveable stays holding up the mast, like the running backstays (running rigging).

Roaring forties

Between 40 and 50 degrees south.

Roach

The curve of the leech of a sail, particularly a mainsail. The Volvo Open 70s have particularly accentuated roaches, with a sudden curve or sometimes a sharp angle at the very top of the sail. If sail construction allows, roach gives additional sail area.

Rudder

Hydrodynamically shaped vertical foil sticking down into the water which can turn from side to side to steer the boat.

Run

Sailing with the wind behind you.

Running backstay

A Kevlar stay fastened in the mast, three meters from the top, pulled tight at the stern to jeep the mast stable and tighten the forestay.

Running rigging

All ropes and flexible likes in contact with the rig