Being a newbie to sailing, I find the whole experience fascinating, invigorating, exciting and relaxing all at the same time (as bizarre as this may seem!). We can be sailing along calmly and then, in the next moment, it’s “all hands on deck” and a buzz of activity as the wind changes, we sail past other boats and we turn around the markers along the course. We can be as “hands on” as we like or sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery and a tasty beverage. I’m curious to learn about sailing, which is a new and exciting activity for me, and I find all the lingo that goes with it both interesting and amusing.
On my very first sailing experience, I became a ”human pole”. The mind boggles! I literally extended my body over the side of the yacht holding out the sail as far as physically possible .… to allow more wind into the sail.
Funnily enough, the term ”goosing” isn’t an animal flapping around the yard or laying eggs, but rather having both sails up (one to the left and one to the right) catching the wind from behind. Looking back and seeing the boats behind "goosing" is a mesmerizing and breathtaking sight.
When we hear ”duck”, this doesn’t mean there’s a cute animal floating on the water, it means “hit the deck or the boom will take you out!”
In my mind, a ”tinny” is a boat. I’m guessing that may be your thinking too! Well, this isn’t always the case …. while out sailing, a “tinny” tends to refer to a can of bourbon, beer or some other alcoholic beverage (I did mention earlier it was social sailing, didn’t I?).
I noticed a lot of ropes on the boat. The ropes have a purpose, mainly to hold the sails in place and to smoothly transition the sails and boom from side to side, depending on the wind, and there’s a lot of activity on board pulling and tying these ropes. To my amazement, ropes aren’t called ropes … they’re referred to as ”sheets” .... very strange indeed!
I also learnt about ”tacking” and ”jiving” … and NO they aren’t dance moves! :-) I was advised that “tacking” is when the boom has the breeze in front and “jiving” is when the boom has the breeze behind. This tends to show up as a kind of zig-zag pattern as the boat makes its way towards its destination, depending on wind and tides. Like most competitive pursuits, there is strategy involved ….especially when there are prizes to be won!!
I’m keen and delighting in this exciting experience and all the lingo that goes with sailing, which is fascinating, even though I know I have a lot to learn. For me, being active and immersed in this new interest equates to staying FIT, having FUN and being FREE …. enjoying my journey and living a life I love! :-)
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