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Where is the best place to find a glossary for sailing terms. I am just starting out and want to read anything I can......thanks
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I would reccomend the books:
Sailing Fundamentals (Amazon.com: Sailing Fundamentals: Gary Jobson: Books)
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Start Sailing Right (Amazon.com: Start Sailing Right!: The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction (US Sailing Small Boat Certification): Derrick Fries: Books)

Both give good introductions and are choc full of terms (plus IIRC they have glossaries in the back)

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Althought these aren't what you asked about, these are three books I NEVER leave the slip without. They are by Nigel Calder and are worth every penny, Marine Diesel Engines, Mechanical boat items and Electrical boat items.
Also another book "Good Old Boat" it right up there among the books I always have on hand and always remember that every time you go out be it for just a few hours or a few days you'll always do something dumb and you'll always learn something from what ever you do, be it good or hopefully not very often something bad.

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If world cruising is eventually your aim, I recommend "How to Sail Around the World," by Hal Roth. He and his wife have been doing it for upwards of 40 years and mostly in a 35 foot boat. Pretty inspirational. A lot of sailing terms in there and it's an easy, interesting read. I have found that for myself I have to read something with some context or things just don't stick. I could read a dictionary of sailing terms a hundred times and not get much out of it. A friend recommended "Master and Commander," by Patrick O'Brian which I intend to read. O'Brian weaves sailing terms through the book in a way that makes them fairly easy to understand. And no, unlike a school book report... watching the movie instead will not get you anywhere. No cheating!
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I'd recommend Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor. It is mandatory reading for new crew on my boat, and one of the best written books for new and old sailors alike.

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Here's some basics....
http://www.chnyc.org/files/CHNYC_Sai...ature_2007.pdf

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