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A day in the life...
* The Base and Logistical Co-ordinator
* The Grinder
* The Skipper
* The Sailmakers
* The Helmsman
Known as the power behind an America’s Cup boats, the grinders have the exhausting job of applying muscle power to the winches that control all the lines on board.
"The grinders are in a position where they can be injured quite easily, especially elbows, wrists and shoulders."
When the boat leaves the dock and heads to sea, they’re the ones grinding the sails from the deck, up to the top of the mast. When the boat tacks, they provide the power to bring the sails from one side to the other. If a crew member goes aloft, the grinders winch him to top of the mast. Yann Maillet is a grinder with the French team, K-Challenge.http://www.cncphotoalbum.com/other/racetrim/r...
Tail and Grind
[...] The grinder should grind full speed right from the star
t, even when there is no load. It is sometimes helpful to have another crew member help the sail around the rigging and drag the clew aft. With the grinder spinning the winch full speed he can help the tailer bring the sail through the tough spots.
By keeping the winch drum spinning he also prevents over-rides. http://www.usna.edu/sailing/training/boats/na...
(4) Working Sheet. This person can double as Grinder.
(6) Preventer. This person can also fill Mainsheet, Grinder, Tailer, or Working Sheet.http://www.sailing.boun.edu.tr/sailing/acctut...
America's Cup match racing is a team effort
Whether it is the foredeck crew luring the helmsman to bring the bow of the boat towards the start line in the last moments of a heated countdown, or the grinders putting their backs into the winch handles for the 37th tack on the third upwind leg of a race being sailed in 23 knots of wind, or whether it is the tactician who has to make that one crucial, risky and opportunist decision at the only time during a two-hour race when a chance to break the control of the leading boat presents itself, America's Cup match racing is a team effort;http://www.tartanowners.org/resources/general...
On Tandem, Charlie’s big boat I used to race on, the spinnaker afterguy led to a coffee grinder winch
just aft of the main mast. This position gave the grinders and tailers a good view of the chute.