Thanks to Susan and Paul Herer for this reading info:
A must read this winter for every sailor is Suddenly Overboard, True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble by Tom Lochhaas. It is a serious and riveting paperback, and difficult to put down until it is finished! But on a lighter breeze, the small paperback sail.ing by Henry Beard & Roy McKie has humorous definitions for nautical terms. Here are some of my favorites:
ahoy: The first in a series of four-letter words commonly exchanged by skippers as their boats approach one another.
allowance: Measurement formula that provides two sailboats of different capabilities entered in the same race an equal chance to cheat.
bail out: 1- To remove water from a boat. 2- To remove oneself from a boat when it appears the water is coming in faster than it is going out.
bill: 1- Sharp point at the end of an anchor. 2- Sore point at the end of a stay in a pricey marina.
calm: Sea condition characterized by the simultaneous disappearance of the wind and the last cold beverage.
current: Tidal flow that carries the boat away from its desired destination or towards a hazard.
fluke: The portion of an anchor that digs securely into the bottom, holding a boat in place; also any occasion when this occurs on the first try.
lifeboat: The only known class of vessel which, upon going aboard, an individual thereby increases rather than decreases his chances of survival.
piloting: The art of getting lost in sight of land, as opposed to the distinct and far more complex science of navigation used to get lost in offshore waters.
racing: Popular nautical contact sport.
regatta: Organized sailing competition that pits your skills against your opponents’ luck.