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As with any online environment that involves a chat channel, there are commonly used acronyms or abbreviations. When an article already exists to explain an acronym a link is provided with no further explanation. Otherwise, a brief expansion or explanation is given here.


AFK
Away from keyboard
AI
Artificial intelligence i.e. computer controlled boats
AWA
Apparent wind angle
BS
Boat speed
CNM
Course to next mark
COG
Course over ground
DNC
Did not come (to start) - the race result for a boat that registered for a race but did not show up at the starting area in time
DNF
Did not finish - the race result for a boat that starts a race but does not finish for whatever reason
DNM
Distance to next mark
DNS
Did not start - the race result for a boat that did show up at the starting area in time but never started
gen
genoa and sometimes gennaker
GO SPEC
Go to spectator mode (please!) ... Race results cannot be computed if even one boat has not yet finished. You can expect to be kicked if you are making no effort to finish a race promptly.
GW
either Good winds or Give way
HDG
Heading
ISAF
International Sailing Federation
KC
NPC
NVM
never mind
OCS
On course side (of start line) - when a boat has been detected over the start line within the 60 sec prior to the start signal she is OCS. If she does not clear her penalty before finishing then her race result will be recorded as OCS.
PC
PH
Penalty hunter
PODIUM
top 3 place winners. As in gold, silver and bronze medals awarded on a podium or dais.
ROW
RRS
Racing Rules of Sailing published by ISAF
RTT
SI
Sailing Instructions (supplemental rules or requirements for a regatta)
SOG
Speed over ground
SPEC
see GO SPEC
spi
spinnaker
STBD
TITS
this is the start
TOP
the first few boats to finish
TS
TeamSpeak - a free to download and use voice over internet tool for hands free chatting while racing. Especially suited to team racing but also just for social value.
TWA
True wind angle
TWD
True wind direction
TWS
True wind speed
in contrast with: Beaufort scale
TY
Thank you
VMG
Velocity made good
VPN
Virtual Private Network see also: Tunngle and Hamachi
VWD
Very well done
WD
Well done
360
720

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