Sailing terms, phrases and jargon
The language of the sea is rich and varied. It often seems bewildering but there is a purpose: clear communication is only possible with accurate names for everything.
Parts of the boat
Sections of the glossary cover parts of the
, the ropes and sails
that are used on board and an explanation of
, including the difference between the standing and the running
Sailing has contributed an enormous range of idioms to the English language.
This list aims to identify the origins of phrases
drawn from sailing jargon
, as well as to dispel the myths surrounding many
Anyone wishing to sail in the Balearic islands is well advised to have a few key
words in Spanish, particularly when trying to decipher the Spanish language
weather forecasts. A translation of wave heights
from Spanish into English is particularly useful when reading the INM forecast.