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1. Who was the first person to sail solo around the world?
2. What is the world’s largest sailing yacht?
3. What year did the America’s Cup start?
4. How long did the longest sailing voyage last?
5. What is the name of the sailor who holds the record for the fastest solo circumnavigation?
6. What’s the most expensive material commonly used for sails?
7. What is the primary purpose of the keel on a sailboat?
8. Which is the oldest active sailing ship?
9. In which country was the first sailing club established?
10. What weird phenomenon can create “dead zones” where sailing becomes difficult?
11. What is the term for the right side of a boat?
12. What is the most commonly used knot in sailing?
13. How many gold medals did Sir Ben Ainslie win in Olympic sailing?
14. What is the term for a fast downward movement of the bow of a boat?
15. Who was the first woman to complete a solo circumnavigation of the Earth?
16. What is the sail at the front of the boat called?
17. In which year was the laser class of sailing dinghies introduced?
18. What is the world record for the most number of sailboats in a single class start?
19. What’s the name of the point of land sticking out into water, towards which sailboats often race?
20. What ancient civilization was among the first to develop advanced sailing techniques?
21. What is the name of the largest sailing yacht in the world?
22. What term refers to the depth of water needed to float a boat?
23. Who was the first person to sail solo around the world non-stop?
24. What is the sailing speed record in knots?
25. What is the name of the narrow piece of water connecting two large bodies of water?
26. What’s the most expensive sailing race?
27. What material was most commonly used for sails before Dacron was invented?
28. Which island is known as the ‘Sailing Capital of the World’?
29. What term refers to the rear of the boat?
30. What is the largest saltwater lake in the world, known for sailing?
31. What type of boat is specifically designed for speed and agility?
32. What famous explorer’s voyage was the first to circumnavigate the Earth, though he didn’t live to complete it?
33. What is the term for the right side of a boat when facing forward?
34. What’s the most common distress signal in sailing?
35. What is the sailing equivalent of a parking lot for boats?
36. Which country has the most Olympic gold medals in sailing?
37. What’s the smallest ocean in the world, known for its sailing routes?
38. Who is considered the father of modern sailing?
39. What device shows the boat’s speed and direction in water?
40. What is the nautical term for the kitchen on a boat?
41. Which famous author was also an avid sailor and wrote extensively about it?
42. What type of sailing is done strictly for pleasure or competition and excludes any form of business, such as carrying cargo or passengers?
43. What is the term for the maximum angle at which a sailing vessel can sail relative to the wind?
44. What’s the nautical term for right?
45. What is the name of the pirate who is said to have never harmed those he captured?
46. What’s the primary material used in modern sails?
47. What is the term for a rope or line used for raising, lowering, or controlling the tension on a sail?
48. What is the nautical term for left?
49. What year did sailing become an Olympic sport?
50. Who wrote the famous book “Sailing Alone Around the World”?
51. What is the nautical term for stopping a sailing vessel by dropping anchor?
52. What was the first recorded instance of piracy?
53. How many essential knots should every sailor know, at a minimum?
54. Which part of the boat points toward the wind when you’re “luffing”?
55. What is the primary use of a Bosun’s chair in sailing?
56. Which novelist and sailor was a British spy in World War II?
57. What is the term for a sailing vessel with two hulls?
58. What is the name of the scale used to measure wind force?
59. What do you call the sails at the front of a boat?
60. What is the name of the pirate flag featuring a skull and crossbones?
61. What do you call the bottom corner of a triangular sail?
62. Who is considered the “Father of Modern Yachting”?
63. What is the meaning of the nautical term ‘Aweigh’?
64. What’s the name of the famous annual yacht race that starts in Sydney, Australia?
65. What was the earliest type of sailing vessel?
66. What is the purpose of a “tell-tale” on a sail?
67. What do you call the action of turning a boat’s stern through the wind?
68. What’s the name of the race that allows only solo circumnavigation?
69. How long is the longest sailing race in the world?
70. What’s the term for adjusting the sails for maximum efficiency?
71. What is a Spinnaker used for?
72. What is the nautical term for a speed of one nautical mile per hour?
73. What is the meaning of the nautical term “Alee”?
74. What is a “Yawl”?
75. How many sails does a “Sloop” typically have?
76. What’s the largest sail on a standard sloop-rigged boat?
77. What is the international radio distress signal used for life-threatening emergencies?
78. Which knot is commonly used to tie a line to a cleat?
79. What’s the term for sailing into the wind?
80. What is the nautical term for steering a sailing vessel closer towards the direction of the wind?
81. What do you call the horizontal pole that extends the foot of the sail?
82. What’s the term for when all sails are drawing wind from the same side of the boat?
83. What country has won the America’s Cup the most?
84. What is a “Sheet” in sailing terminology?
85. What does “Heave To” mean?
86. What are ‘Foulies’ in the context of sailing?
87. What is the purpose of a “Cunningham” on a sail?
88. What do you call a pirate flag typically featuring a skull and crossbones?
89. What is “Keelhauling”?
90. What is the tallest type of sailing ship?
91. Which famous explorer was killed in the Philippines after his involvement in local politics while on a sailing expedition?
92. What is the line used to hoist or lower a sail called?
93. What is a group of ships sailing together, typically led by one ship?
94. What do you call the front edge of a sail?
95. Which company manufactured the most expensive sailing yacht ever built?
96. What type of sailboat has only one mast?
97. What is the term for the angle between the direction to the true wind and the course?
98. What does ‘LOA’ stand for in boating?
99. What do you call the maneuver to change direction in which the bow of the boat turns through the wind?
100. What is the fastest sailboat in the world?
101. What is the sailor’s term for loose equipment or cargo that is thrown about?
102. How many America’s Cup wins does Team New Zealand have?
103. What is the purpose of an anchor ball?
104. What type of wood is traditionally used for making masts?
105. What do you call the pair of ropes used to trim a square sail?
106. What does the term “tender” mean in sailing?
107. What’s the maximum number of hulls a ship can have in a regatta?
108. How many times has the United States won the America’s Cup?
109. What material is often used for modern sails due to its lightweight and strong characteristics?
110. What was the name of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race?
111. What is the nautical term for ‘stop’?
112. What year was the first documented use of a compass in sailing?
113. What is the term for a two-masted sailboat?
114. What do you call the ropes used to support the mast?
115. What is the purpose of a jib sail?
116. What does the term “ahoy” traditionally mean?
117. What is the world’s largest sailing yacht by length?
118. What is the name of the flag used to represent the letter ‘A’ in maritime flag signaling?
119. What is the principle of ‘right of way’ in sailing called?
120. What’s the maximum number of degrees a sailing boat can typically point into the wind?
121. What term is used to describe a sudden, violent wind that is of longer duration than a squall?
122. What term refers to a ship that is anchored or tied to a dock?
123. What’s the world’s most expensive sailing yacht?
124. What’s the meaning of “Close-hauled”?
125. Which sea is the saltiest natural lake and is also at the lowest elevation on the surface of the Earth?
126. What does “Port Tack” mean?
127. How long did the first solo nonstop circumnavigation of the Earth by boat take?
128. Which sea monster from Norse mythology was rumored to terrorize sailors?
129. What type of sailing race is known as the “Everest of the seas”?
130. What does the term “leeward” mean?
131. What’s the oldest active trophy in international sport?
132. What is the art of designing, building, and maintaining ships called?
133. What does “Spinnaker” refer to?
134. What’s the heaviest boat to have ever sailed?
135. What does “Cleat” mean in sailing?
136. What do you call a boat that is floating freely, not anchored or moored?
137. What is the “Marie Celeste” famous for?
138. What is the meaning of “Jibe”?
139. How many sails does a Sloop usually have?
140. What does “EPIRB” stand for?
141. What is the tallest type of sailing ship?
142. Who wrote the famous sailing-related novel ‘Moby-Dick’?
143. What does “MOB” stand for in sailing?
144. What’s the name of the front sail on a ketch?
145. What does “Abeam” mean in sailing terminology?
146. What do you call the ropes on a ship?
147. Who was the youngest person to sail around the world solo?
148. What do you call a sailor’s bed on a ship?
149. What’s the primary use of a “Dinghy”?
150. What are Tell-Tales in the context of sailing?
151. What is the sport of trying to tip over small sailboats by leaning out as far as possible on the windward side?
152. What’s the name of the rope used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind?
153. What is the primary purpose of a keel on a sailboat?
154. How do you call the room or space in a boat where the engine is located?
155. What is the term for the depth of a ship’s keel below the waterline?
156. What do you call the intersection of the bottom and the sides of a boat?
157. What is the world’s longest sailing race?
158. Which is the oldest commissioned warship afloat, although not currently in active service?
159. What do you call a boat designed for racing?
160. Which wind is named after the Latin word for ‘north’?
161. What’s the term for tying a knot in the end of a rope to prevent it from slipping through a hole or a pulley?
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