Author(s): Sarah Ell
DoP -April 2007. An essential guide to a language spoken by those who sail competitively or for fun. Essential for those absolute beginners who don't know their sheets from their tails, and will be a vital companion for all those following - and trying to make sense of - New Zealand's challenge for the 2007 America's Cup now we are the official challengers. How to Speak Yachtie explains the meanings and origins of more than 200 words and expressions. From parts of the boat and basic sailing terms to racing jargon and commentator-speak, the book offers practical yet humorous definitions.
Sarah Ell is an avid sailor, regularly competing at club and national level. A journalist by trade, she was the editor of Boating New Zealand and Boating Quarterly magazines in the 1990s. She has also written three novels for young adults and a beginners' guide to dinghy sailing published in the UK, South Africa and Australia.