Sailors' Reading

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 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.