What is sailing?

  • (noun): The work of a sailor.
    Synonyms: seafaring, navigation
    See also — Additional definitions below


Sailing is the propulsion of a vehicle and the control of its movement with large (usually fabric) foils called sails. By changing the rigging, rudder, and sometimes the keel or centre board, a sailor manages the force of the wind on the sails in order to move the vessel relative to its surrounding medium (typically water, but also land and ice) and change its direction and speed. Mastery of the skill requires experience in varying wind and sea conditions, as well as knowledge concerning sailboats themselves and an understanding of one's surroundings.

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Some articles on sailing:

Pink (ship)
... A pink (French - pinque) is one of two different types of Sailing ship ... Types of sailing vessels and rigs Sailing rigs Fore-and-aft rig (Bermuda rig • Gaff rig • Latin rig) Square rig Junk rig By sail-plan Barque Brig ...
Sailing - Passagemaking
... yacht of similar length is theoretically capable of sailing anywhere its crew is willing to guide it ... a challenging enterprise requires keen knowledge of sailing in general as well as maintenance, navigation (especially celestial navigation), and often even international diplomacy (for which an ...
Austria At The 2000 Summer Olympics - Sailing
... Four men and one woman participated in the sailing competition for Austria ... They won two gold medals ...
HMS Raleigh (1873) - Design
... She was designed as a sailing vessel with an auxiliary steam engine ... Under favourable sailing conditions she could make 13 knots (24 km/h) ... steam power and a desire to retain good sailing properties ...
Wind Transducer
... A wind transducer is usually mounted on the masthead of a sailing boat and is occasionally used by power boats too ... The wind speed and direction measurements are more critical to sailing boats than to power boats ... Sailing boats can sail at a maximum of 45 degrees close to the wind and will sail faster on a reach than when at closest to the wind ...

More definitions of "sailing":

  • (adj): Traveling by boat or ship.
    Synonyms: at sea
  • (noun): Riding in a sailboat.
  • (noun): The departure of a vessel from a port.

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