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Let us help you brush up on your high seas lingo before hitting the water!

by Caitlin Hotchkiss Posted on 28 August 2013
Lookin' good from starboard!

Sunshine, blue water, the wind in your hair…is there anything more luxurious than sailing? Clearly you wouldn’t want to attempt it during, say, typhoon season, but on a summer day, there’s nothing better. And it’s not just an activity for the rich or the talented – so long as you’ve got your sea legs (read: you’re not tossing your cookies off the side of the boat the minute you’re offshore), you too can be a bona fide sailor. On our Sailing tours, you’ll have the chance to try your hand at sailing (but don’t worry, there’ll always be a skipper handy to help you out).

Miss the sand? Beautiful secluded beaches are only a swim away.

Take our Thai Sailing adventures, for example. Although Thailand may be famous for its picturesque beaches, its serene waters are perfect for navigating a vessel to a hidden cove. You’ve heard of getting off the beaten path when hiking – think of this as the seafaring version. Trust us, whether you’re sailing from Phuket and back again or sailing through southern islands en route to Koh Phi Phi, it’s way more fun to see Thailand from the water.

Welcome to Thailand's water-access-only hideouts.

But before you pack your bags for the Thai islands, let’s get you up to speed on some common sailing terminology so you’re equipped for the high seas:

  • “Avast!” – actually a command word to stop what you’re doing.  “Me hearties” optional.

  • Aft – The back of the boat; also called the “stern”.

  • Bow – The front of the boat. This is also where you look to determine the left- and right-hand sides of the vessel (see the next two terms). Think of the bow as being like the northern point of a compass.

  • Port – The left-hand side of the boat. In other words, whatever’s to the left of the bow is the port.

  • Starboard – The right-hand side of the boat, in relation to the bow. Starboard: Not just a cool-sounding possible band name!

  • Windward – The direction that the wind is blowing towards. You’re gonna want to head windward to get some good speed!

  • Leeward – The direction that the wind is blowing against. If you’ve ever heard something described as being “lee” to the wind, that means the same thing – it’s facing the wind.

  • Tacking – When you turn the bow of the boat through the wind in order to change the wind from one side of the boat to the other.

  • Jibing – When you turn the stern (the aft) of the boat through the wind in order to change the wind from one side of the boat to the other. This involves turning the boat directly into the wind, so it can be a tricky maneuver!

Anchors dropped! Time for a dip in that pristine blue water.

Sound complicated? Not a problem – as I mentioned above, all our Sailing trips come fully equipped with a trained skipper, so you won’t have to worry about keeping the ship upright! So whether you want to be all hands on deck or just out for a pleasure cruise around Koh Phi Phi, we’ve likely got a good option for you. Come sailing with us today!

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in Thailand encompassing a wide range of departure dates and activities to cater to different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you this big blue planet of ours — check out our small group trips here.