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Watch

One part of a crew that has been divided so that some may sleep while others race the boat. A watch is also the physical period of time that the crew spends in operating the boat. For instance, the first watch might look at their watches and decide that there are three hours left to go on their watch before they wake the second watch for their watch.

Watch leader

Crew member who is in charge of that particular watch, usually a very experienced crew who has sailed the race before. Deputises for the skipper when he is off watch and tends to lead the watch in boat handling when the skipper and/or navigator is occupied with tactical planning.

Water maker

A mechanism used to make fresh water from salt water. Called inverted osmosis

Whitbread 60

The class name of the boats participating in the 1993-94,1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race and Volvo Ocean Race 2001-02.

Wheel

Used for steering the boat.

Winch

Mechanical device for tensioning lines, for instance a jib sheet. The drum of a winch is turned by gearing either by a handle inserted in the top, or via a grinder pedestal which can be connected to a number of different winches on the boat. For instance, two crew members can apply speed to a sheet while tacking and then as the load increases, change gears to apply final tension. Most winches on a Volvo Open 70 will have three gears.

Windward

Direction from which the wind is blowing