Sailing Terms You Must Know

Sailing around in the open sea is a unique treat that few of us are fortunate enough to experience. However, once you know the joys of sailing it’s hard to keep off. So to help you in your newest endeavour of sailing we have put together all the terms and phrases that every sailor must have in his dictionary.

  • Jibe

You can change the direction of your boat with the help of a jibe by bringing the stern of the boat through the wind. This manoeuvre is also called as ‘wearing ship’ in the square-rigged ships.

  • Rudder

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A rudder is a flat plank made up of wood, metal or fibre which is placed below the boat. The rudder is used to steer the ship in the waters.

  • Bow, Starboard and port

A bow is the front of the ship, to its right is the starboard and to its left is the port. These three are some of the most important terms in the sailing world.

  • Windward and leeward

Windward is the point of the boat from where the wind is blowing, while leeward is the direction opposite to which the wind is blowing. Both these terms are important to know as the boat moves to the direction of the wind.

  • Mainsail

The mainsail is the most significant and also the largest sail of the boat. It is huge and triangular in shape and lies close to the boat’s mast. It also has a bulky pole called the ‘boom’.

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Sailing in rough weather

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Credit: Creative Commons/Royal Navy

You are having a pleasant time on the sea and the sky is as clear as the waters below, but suddenly dark clouds appear and the peaceful silence is broken by the howls of the wind. The million dollar question now is how to reach safety or even how to survive if the sea gets too unruly.

Precaution

First of all, if you are going deep into the sea, do take care to check the weather conditions from some reliable source, and if the weather is going to be difficult if possible delay the trip, otherwise be ready to bear the sea.

Ballast
In a stormy weather the ship which will get the most affected is the empty one, the logic behind that is the weight of the ship helps it to remain stable. A good ballast offers stability to the ship even if it’s empty.

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Credit: Creative Commons/Alvesgaspar

Shorten sail
In case of the wind being rough it is always a good idea to shorten the sail, in order to balance the boat in squalls. Shortening the sail will mean a decrease in speed, but the sense of safety will be a huge comfort.

Avoid Crashing
If everything fails and if you do find yourself in the teeth of the storm, take care to steer away from the objects you might crash into like a coastline, rocks or even another ship.

After the storm
After the storm has passed away, get everyone in warm clothes to avoid ill health conditions, and attend to the people who are injured. Also, investigate if the boat has suffered any damage and try to fix it as best as you can.