Selection from the Nautical Dictionary
A foresail is the sail (such as a jib) located immediately in front of the main mast. It is attached to the forestay.
Turn away from the wind. A wind change clockwise. To veer a cable is to let it out more.
Light tackle angled from the boom to a lower part of the mast or some point on the floor of the boat. Used to tension the boom. Also known as the boom vang.
Spar supporting the top of a four- sided sail, like a gaff but with part of the spar passing across the mast.
The bottom edge of the sail - the one attached to the boom.
To be on or to go to the shore.
Lifting keel that moves up and down through its case or trunk (instead of pivoting like a centreboard). A Mirror dinghy uses a daggerboard.
Any object floating as a marker and anchored to the bottom. It may be used as a navigational aid, a means of mooring or as an indicator of a racing course.
An attachment on the forestay, comprising a groove into which the luff of the jib can be fed.
The top of the mast.