Describing positions relative to the boat.

It is frequently necessary to describe to a crew member where a buoy or other object is. This can be surprisingly frustrating, when they can not see something that appears obvious to you.

There are several approaches that may help:

  1. Give the position relative to a clock face. 12 O'clock being dead ahead.
  2. By holding a hand up at arms length, you can describe a position as being 3 fingers to the right of an object they can identify. Obviously, there are many variations on the same theme.
  3. Give an angle from the bow, green for starboard, red for port. E.g. Red 40°.

Any of these may make it easier to describe where the next mark that you wish the helmsman to steer to.

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