Learn the parts of a schooner
Here is a drawing of the Schooner Woodwind with parts of the boat and names of the sails labeled so that you can print it and bring it with you when you come for your cruise.
Terms Used by Sailors
Schooner– a sailboat that has more than one mast with the forward mast being shorter or equal to the aft (back) mast. WOODWIND is a schooner.
Bow– the front of the boat.
Stern- the back of the boat.
Starboard- right side of the boat as you are looking toward the bow of the boat.
Port– left side of the boat as you are looking toward the bow of the boat.
Tacking– when the bow of the boat goes through the eye of the wind and your sails fill on the other side. (This is where the booms come over your head and you may need to “duck”.)
Gybing– when the stern of the boat goes through the eye of the wind and the sails fill on the other side. (This is also where the booms come over your head, but faster, and you may need to “duck” quicker.)
Beam– the widest point of the boat (usually the middle).
Draft– how deep the boat goes down into the water.
Helm– steering or driving the boat. So listen for: “Does anyone want to take a turn at the helm?” That means, come on back and sail the boat with our big steering wheel on your own!
(More terms will be added to this site periodically)