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Sailing and boating

the Admiral’s Cup

an international yacht race held every two years near the coast of England

ahoy

interjection

used by sailors for calling to people on other ships

the America’s Cup

a yacht race in which teams from different countries, including the US and Australia, are invited to compete

anchor

verb

to prevent a boat from moving by dropping its anchor into the water

bail out

to empty water from a boat using a small container

beach

verb

to pull or make a boat go out of the water and onto dry land

berth

verb

if a ship berths, or if you berth it, it arrives at a place in a port and stays there for a period of time

boater

noun

someone who uses a small boat for pleasure

boating

noun

the activity of travelling in a small boat on a lake or river for enjoyment

canoe

verb

to travel in a canoe

capsize

verb

if you capsize a boat, or if it capsizes, it turns upside down or onto its side in the water

cast off

to untie the rope fastening your boat to the land so that you can sail away

castaway

noun

someone whose ship has sunk and who is left on an island or beach where there are no other people

circumnavigate

verb

to sail or fly completely around something, especially the world or an island

cruise

verb

to sail in a ship for pleasure, especially to a series of places

jib

verb

to swing a sail from one side of a boat to the other

landlubber

noun

someone who does not know much about boats or the sea

launch

verb

to put a boat or ship into water

moor

verb

to stop a ship or boat from moving by fastening it to a place with ropes or by using an anchor

mutiny

noun

a refusal by a group to accept someone’s authority, especially a group of soldiers or sailors

mutiny

verb

if a group of people, especially soldiers or sailors, mutinies, they refuse to accept someone’s authority

navigation

noun

the movement of a ship or an aircraft along a planned path

paddle

verb

to move a small boat through the water using a paddle

pilot

verb

to lead a ship through a difficult or dangerous area of water

punt

noun

the act of using a punt

punt

verb

to travel on a river in a punt

punt

verb

to move a punt along with a long pole

push off

if a person or boat pushes off, or if you push a boat off, you sail away from the land

put about

if a ship puts about, or if you put it about, it turns and sails in the opposite direction

rafting

noun

the activity of travelling on a river in a small boat

rig

noun

the particular way in which the sails, ropes, masts etc are arranged on a ship

rig

verb

to prepare a ship for use by fitting all the ropes, sails etc

row

verb

to move a boat through water using long poles with flat ends called oars

rowing

noun

the activity of moving a boat through water using oars, either for pleasure or as a sport

sail

verb

to travel somewhere by boat or ship

sail

verb

to control the movement of a boat or ship, especially one that uses the wind to move it

sailing

noun

the sport or activity of travelling across water in a sailing boat

sailing

noun

the time at which a boat or ship leaves for somewhere carrying passengers

sea legs

noun

the ability to walk normally and not feel sick when you are travelling on a ship

seamanship

noun

the skill and knowledge that are involved in controlling a boat

shipping

noun

ships and boats that are sailing

shipping lane

noun

an official route that ships must follow when they sail from one place to another

skipper

verb

to be the skipper of a ship or team

tack

noun

a direction that a boat sails in relation to the wind

tie up

to fasten a boat to something, or to be fastened to something

trim

verb

to arrange the sails on a boat so that they are suitable for the wind

trim

noun

the position of the sails on a boat

whitewater rafting

noun

the activity of floating in a raft along rivers where the current is very fast and rough

yachting

noun

the activity of racing or sailing a yacht

seasickness

noun

seaworthiness

noun

a bad/good sailor

used for saying whether someone feels sick on a boat or not

be cast away

to be left on an island or beach because your ship has sunk

hoist a flag/sail

to raise a flag or sail to its highest position on a pole

jump ship

to leave a ship without permission

man overboard

used for telling people that someone has fallen into the water

on board

on a ship or plane

pipe someone aboard

if sailors pipe someone aboard their ship, they formally welcome them by playing a special tune on a small pipe

shoot the rapids

to travel over fast-moving water in a small boat

to windward

if a boat or ship sails to windward, it sails towards the direction that the wind is blowing from

under sail

travelling in a boat or ship that is using a sail

weigh anchor

to lift the anchor of a ship from the water in order to start sailing

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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