How much of a mainsail, as a percent of the length of the luff, is usually considered right for the first reef?
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Congratulations to Willie Devereaux, La Jolla, CA, who correctly identified the AMVER System in last week’s Mindbender. “AMVER stands for the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System. It is a voluntary system that connects merchant ships at sea with vessels in distress. More than 22,000 ships participate and an average of 4,000 ships a day report their positions to the AMVER headquarters. Since its inception in 1958, AMVER ships have saved the lives of thousands of mariners and many cruisers.”