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Aboard On or in the boat 
Aft Towards the rear (stern) of the boat. Backward 
Aground Touching/stuck to the sea/lake bed 
Ahead In a forwards direction (moving) 
Backhand Hand nearest the back of the boat 
Batten Flexible strip of wood or plastic, most commonly used in the mainsail to support the aft portion, or roach, so that it will not curl 
Boom free swinging spar attached to the foot of the sail with forward end pivoting on the mast (it hits you on the head when you forget to duck) 
Bow Front of the boat 
Capsize To turn the boat over 
Centreboard A board lowered through a slot in the centerline of he hull to reduce sideways skidding or leeway. Unlike a daggerboard, which lifts vertically, a centerboard pivots around a pin, usually located in the forward top corner, and swings up and aft 
Course The direction in which a boat is steered 
Daggerboard A board dropped vertically through the hull to reduce sideways skidding or leeway 
Gybing Turning the back of the boat through the wind (downwind turn) 
Halyard Lines used to hoist or lower sails or flags 
Jib The fore (front) sail 
Jib sheet Rope used to control the jib 
Mainsheet Rope used to control the main sail 
Port Left hand side of the boat as you look at it from the back 
Rudder Located on the stern and controls the direction the boat travels. It is moved by the tiller. 
Sheet A rope used to control a sail's position relative to the wind 
Spar A pole or beam 
Starboard Right hand side of the boat as you look at it from the back 
Tacking Turning the bow of the boat through the wind (upwind turn) 
Tiller  Used to steer the boat (held in the backhand), attached to the rudder 
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