QUIZ: 10 questions to know if you’re a pushover on board or not


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quizDear sailors, the time has come again to put yourselves to the test. Could you correctly answer all 10 questions below? Find out if you are a perfect sailor or a hopeless dweeb! Good luck! At the bottom, as you scroll down the screen, you will find the answers and profiles corresponding to the number of correct answers. We advise you not to cheat by going snooping on the web: you will only cheat yourself!


1. To reduce pitching during ua sailing in rough seas, it is worthwhile:
A) reduce the surface area of the jib
B) lean about 10° from the course
C) move the weights placed at the ends of the boat as far as possible to the middle and bottom

2. Sea level rise is caused by:
A) glaciers
B ) ice shelf
C) iceberg

3. What is the difference of a sloop or cutter sail rig?
A) The sloop has only one mast and the cutter two masts
B) The area of the mainsail is greater than that of the jib in the sloop and vice versa for the cutter rig
C) The sloop is armed with a single headsail and the cutter with two headsails

4. The gait termed “slack” at how many degrees of the boat’s forward course relative to the wind direction is?
A) 120°
B) 150°
C) 90°

5. A famous writer financed a long cruise through the seas of the world by writing at least one article a day while sailing. Who is he?
A) Jack London
B) Andrea De Carlo
C) Andrea Camilleri

6. A state-of-the-art anchor holds how many times on the bottom compared to its weight?
A) 10/15 times
B) up to 150 times
C) 50 to 70 times

7. When should the rigging of a pleasure boat be checked?
A) every 3 years
B) every 10 years
C) every 35 to 40,000 miles of sailing

8. What does an automatic variable pitch propeller do?
A) automatically adjusts the engine speed according to the required thrust
B) automatically changes the pitch according to the required thrust
C) automatically adjusts the rotation of the blades

9. What is the EPIRB used for?
A) to report the location of a boat in an emergency by alerting rescue efforts
B) to signal its position to a ship
C) to make an emergency VHF call.

10. In case the boat is towed by another vessel, what is best to do to avoid any exorbitant claims?
A) it is better to throw your own line
B) it is better not to catch or throw any line
C) it is better to take the top of the towing boat













1. A
2. A
3. C
4. A
5. A
6. C
7. B and C
8. B
9. A
10. A


You are a perfect layman of the seas. You think the mainsail is a fish, to you the vang is a German car model. You can improve with some good reading and a sailing course!

4-6 RIGHT ANSWERS: “BUDDING SAILOR” You still have a lot to learn, but you are on the right track. You are not yet able to venture into challenging navigations, but go a few more miles and study more. Soon you can become an accomplished sailor.

7-9 RIGHT ANSWERS: “COMPLETE SAILOR On paper you are prepared: if theory is matched by practice (and if you have not used wikipedia or other web sources to answer) you are a complete sailor.

10 RIGHT ANSWERS: “TABARLY DE NOANTRI” You are an experienced sailor, able to cope with all problems while sailing. Your friends regard you with great respect and some have ventured to nickname you the “Tabarly de Noantri.” But don’t sit on your laurels. At sea, as in life, you never stop learning.



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