Things Sailors Must Know
Sailing - the fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense.
Sailboat - a hole in the water filled with fiber glass.
Rag Man- a sailor as referred to by a power boat jockey
Stink Potter – a power boat jockey as referred to by a sailor
Racing – a popular nautical contact sport.
Leeward – the direction in which objects, liquids and other matter may be thrown without the risk of re-encountering them in the immediate future.
Dinghy – a small craft which serves as a vessel for the crude measurement of recent rainfall.
Crew – heavy stationary objects on sailboats to dampen sudden movements of the boom.
Boom – a laterally mounted pole often used during jibing to shift crew members to a fixed horizontal position.
Jibing – a deliberate turning of the wheel or pushing of the tiller to point the boat from one direction to another after making sure you know where the wind is coming from.
Accidental Jibe – just like a jibe, only done by the boat itself suddenly and as a great surprise without your permission. Usually happens when you don’t know where the wind is coming from and has the boom, with vigor, knock the crew out of the boat.
Heeling – no, it has nothing to do with dogs, it's a basic process affecting all sail boats which begins with the boat leaning over as the wind presses on one side of its sails and ends as the sailboat finally exhibits its natural tendency to come to a state of rest on the sea bottom.
Anchor – a heavy, crazy looking metal device with a long rope attached to it that is thrown overboard to stop the boat. It is usually lost because nobody remembered to tie the end of the rope to the boat.
Flashlight – tubular metal container used on shipboard to store dead batteries prior to their disposal.