Steerage way – This term refers to the minimum speed at which the vessel will answer the helm freely. Stiﬀ – Applied to a vessel that can carry plenty of sail – reverse of “cranky”. Tack, Tacking – This is the diagonal course taken when sailing into the wind. It consists of sailing a certain distance close hauled with the wind on one side, and then turning round and sailing close hauled with the wind on the other side. A well constructed yacht will sail to within forty-ﬁve degrees of the wind. If it is desired to sail more directly than this, then it is necessary to recourse tacking. Thimble – Metal eye spliced into the end of a rope or cable to ease friction. Tiller – This is the handle connected with the rudder. Topping lift - “Tops up” the boom, thereby relieving the sail of its weight. Traveller – A metal ring equipped with a hook and eye. It “travels” along the bowsprit or gaﬀ. Trim a Sail – Adjust it to make the most advantage of the wind. Windward – The direction from which the wind is blowing. Yaw – A yacht yaws when she goes oﬀ her course, ﬁrst to one side and then to the other.