Sailing Lingo Test
Are you an expert sailor? Take our sailing lingo test to find out:
1. The "poop deck" is:
a) A very, very stinky area
of the ship.
b) The highest deck at the aft end of a large ship.
c) Where you go when you need a nap.
2. Openings along the edges of a ship's deck are called:
a) deck holes
3. To greet a fellow sailor, you'd say:
b) "Howdy, pardner!"
c) "Yo, wassup?"
4. In sailing, the "bow" of the ship is:
a) A cute little ribbon on the mast.
b) The front of the ship.
c) The thing you steer with.
5. "Flotsam" is:
a) Any part of the wreckage of a ship or her cargo which is found floating
on the surface of the sea.
b) A small town in Germany known for its pastries.
c) A dyslexic interpretation of the word "lfostma".
6. A wire support
from the mast to the stern of the ship is called the:
7. A boat which pointed too far into the wind is called:
b) In irons.
8. A "catboat" is:
a) A sailboat crewed entirely by felines.
b) Any sailbot that has a litter box.
c) A sailboat with a single sail.
9. In sailing, when something is entangled
or clogged, it is:
a) really frustrating
10. The command used in coming about to inform the crew that the
helm is being pushed hard to leeward, turning the boat into the wind, is:
a) "Hard alee!"
b) "What the...?!"
c) "All hands abandon ship!"
1-b, 2-c, 3-a, 4-b, 5-a, 6-c, 7-b, 8-c, 9-b, 10-a
How did you score?
1-2 correct - Landlubber
3-4 correct - Cabin Boy (or Girl)
5-6 correct - Crew
7-8 correct - Captain
9-10 correct - Admiral
Whether you're a Landlubber or an Admiral (or anything in between), becoming a member of the American Sailing Association will help keep your sailing knowledge fully up to date.