Mindbender

In reference to a ship’s compass, what does “deviation” mean?

Send your answer to cruisingcompass@bwsailing.com. A winner, who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat, will be selected at random from the correct answers.

Thanks to last week’s Mindbender winner, Tim Luker, for his answer to “What does sailing ‘by the lee’ mean”: The wind is striking the vessel on the same side as the main boom is positioned.

Sailing by the lee happens most often when running downwind and can cause an accidental jibe. Many sailors rig a preventer to keep the boom from swinging across the boat should this happen.

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