Thursday, November 22, 2007

Moth Talk, LA Style

Some time ago on the UK Moth listserve there was some discussion of appropriate terminology for the gybe-to-weather technique used (to debatable effect) by at the Denmark worlds. Some thought the term"Gack" too hoodie for the moth "class"; hence "wearing ship" was offered up as a substitute. This suggestion was universally ignored as far as anyone on this side of the Atlantic can tell.

Because all this gacking happened long before anyone began working on the foiling tack in a serious way, the following corollary question was never asked, at least publicly: If a foiling gybe is a gack, is a foiling tack a fack?

Entire vistas of unexplored linguistic potential open before us. Let the games begin.


JEE said...

How do I get in touch with you Moth sailors? I'm presently building a mini version of Hydroptere, the French trimaran, and would very much like to see your foiling Moth.

Karl said...

Well, you could go to and look at the map of current boat owners, and email whoever is closest to you geographically. That's how I'd go about it. And sign up for the US Yahoo Group, which I think you can also do from the website.