One of the most satisfying and fun sports on the water is sailing or racing with a yacht although a luxurious cruise on a yacht never hurt anybody. The yachts come in different sizes and prices as per the purpose but if there is one common thing about all yachts and boats, which are very noticeable, it’s the ropes. Now, sailing has a lot of words to it and ropes are hereby called lines. The system of these lines that ensures functionality is called rigging. Rigging styles differ yacht to yacht and they have different uses. In this article we shall look at the standing rigging lines.
Standing Rigging Lines
When it comes to uses of ropes in yachting, support and stability are key to avoid injury or capsizing. The standing rigging supports the upright mast. On the side the lines are called shrouds and on back or front they are called the stays.
This line is attached from the top of the mast to the front of the yacht called the bow. It helps the mast from falling backwards. Inner forestays connect to the mast below the main forestay and the deck of the main forestay. These helps in hoisting a small inner headsail and additional stability.
This line runs from the mast to the back of the yacht aka stern and it is usually adjustable to control the forestay and can affect the shape of the mainsail. We have running backstays which are adjustable or removable and help when tacking. Check stays are attached below the backstay and they provide mast stabilisation.
These lines connect to the top of the mast from side to side and depending on the yacht, they can be continuous or discontinuous. They can also be used as ladders to climb aloft.
We have cap shrouds or uppers, that go from masthead to the chainplates at the deck. Another one is intermediate shroud that extends from mid-mast panel to deck whilst a lower shroud extends from below the spreader-base to the chainplates. Finally, the forward and Aft lowers connect to the deck either forward or aft of the cap shroud.
The rigging works together for a smooth sail. And whilst sometimes the waters can be rough, the main uses of ropes in yachting is to help hoist, provide stable sails, and help in tacking. These combined with a knowledge of how to sail and well, uses the ropes, including making sure that they are not tangled, will definitely make sailing a fun sport.
Remember, it is good to have good stretching, tying knots and clipping skills as they make the lines steady for perfect sailing.