As a new boat owner you are faced with learning a number of new Boating
Terms. For some people it is like learning a new language.
Port - The left side when facing the bow. Starboard - The right side when facing the bow. Windward - The direction from which the wind is coming. Leeward - The direction in which the wind is going. Amidships - the mid point of the boat between bow and stern, or from side to
side. Abeam - A direction to either side of the boat at right angles to line from bow to
stern. Ahead - in front of the boat. Tacking - Turning from one tack to the other, when the bow passes through the wind.
Also know as Coming about. Port tack - when a boat is sailing with the mainsail on the starboard
side. Starboard tack - when a boat is sailing with the mainsail on the port
side. Gybing - Going from one tack to the other with the stern passing through the
wind. Underway - when the boat is not moored, anchored or aground. It is floating free from
the earth. Leeway - the motion of the boat to leeward. No way - when the boat is not moving. In irons - when the boat bow into the wind without control and starts to move
backwards. Upwind - In the direction from which the wind is coming. Downwind - In the direction the wind is going. Luffing - when the forward part (the luff) of a sail is fluttering. Heading up - turning towards the wind. Bearing away - turning away from the wind. Sailing by the lee - sailing with the wind and the boom on the same side while
sailing downwind. Heeling - The leaning of the boat due to the wind pressure on the sails. Astern - behind the boat.