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Mispronounced Nautical Terms and Sailing Jargon

Hello Sailors,

My good friend and sponsor Mari from Capsurz found an article on mispronounced words with one sailing term on it and she thought I should write about the topic for other Mispronounced Nautical Terms and Sailing Jargon. The one word on the list she found was Boatswain pronounced bo-sun.

There is far more jargon from nautical land that is mispronounced and/or misspelled.

Historically many nautical terms had actually been spelled the way they were pronounced. However, when spelling standardization was implemented, starting with the first printing press in England in the late 1400’s, some words were re-spelled mostly in an effort to rid the English language of extra unnecessary letters. Not all words got revamped and some were completely spelled anew including some sailing jargon.

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Abandoned Ship – Sailing – Sail Away Girl

Hello Sailors,

At the request of my friend Brad, I am covering today what to do once you have abandoned ship and you and your crew are safely in the life raft. So you are all on board and the dinghy, canoe, kayak or other water toys are tied to the raft; containers are 80% full of water and attached to the raft; and the painter to the yacht has been cut. Now what?


Here’s what to do immediately after you are all safely on board the life raft and have loaded everything you could grab from the yacht on board:

  • Get clear of the sinking yacht ASAP – the suction created by a sinking ship is immense and will take you with it.
  • Once clear of the yacht, stream the sea anchor or drogue.
  • Close all entrances after all inflation relief valves have stopped venting(unless you are in the tropics and need the ventilation and weather permits) .
  • Have everyone read the survival manual from the life raft.
  • If the skipper did not survive or is incapacitated, asign one person to be in charge and immediately take direction from this individual. Choose an individual that has a strong will to survive.
  • Post a lookout to look for survivors, useful flotsam and of course any rescue vessels or aircraft.
  • Inventory the ditch bag items as well as anything you and your crew brought on board with you.
  • Give everyone a sea sickness pill and sea sickness bag. Everyone should take a sea sickness pill for the first 48 hours.
  • In cold waters, inflate the raft floor, if an option, or sit on cockpit cushions if they were brought on board with you. Bail and dry the raft floor.
  • Administer first aid as needed.


  • Establish a watch schedule after everyone has been trained on proper use of the signaling equipment. Schedule watches in pairs and for one hour duration. One of the pair should be inside and one outside if conditions permit.
  • Assign duties including a person in charge of rations and water, one in charge of collecting rain water and condensation, and one in charge of the log.
  • Make sure that anything that could puncture the raft is secured both inside and outside of the raft.
  • Ventilate the raft in accordance with raft instructions.
  • No food or water on day one unless sick, injured, or very young; then day two and on, 1/3 of the agreed ration; the last day of rations, divide by 1/2.
  • Maintain morale. Never speak of defeat. Play games, tell jokes, sing, listen to the radio if you have one, or play competitive upbeat games.
  • Make arrangements for disposal of urine and defecation. Dispose of immediately unless there are sharks around.


Hate these downer topics, but your life could depend on it, so better to be prepared than in the dark.

Tomorrow I will cover long term survival on a life raft.

Have any tips of your own to share? Please do in the comments section below.

See you on the water,

Sail Away Girl

For further reading check these out:

Personal Grab Bag

Ditch Bag Wants

Ditch Bag Musts

Talk Like a Pirate Day – Sailing – Sail Away Girl

Hello Sailors,

It’s time for our annual holiday. That’s right, Talk Like a Pirate Day. Well technically it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day, but I rarely hear anyone use the “International”. How do you say Arrrgggghhh in French, or Dutch, or Samoan? It’s universal, Arrrggghhh!

There is an “Official” website for this day and they have an amateur video where clearly everyone got up irly in tha mornin’ and partook of some rum with breakfast. Quite entertaining as you can see for yourself below.

Well, they certainly don’t have to worry about having their video pirated, do they?

To help you out today, I’ve found some salty jargon that you may find useful to help you navigate the Talk Like a Pirate seas today.

So say you’re wanting to partake of some rum and need to find the nearest pub. Be sure to ask a passerby like this:

“Avast matey! Whar be th’ Skull & Scuppers? I’ve a fierce fire in m belly t’ swill a pint or two o’ grog.”

Or perhaps you can ask the nearest police officer for a a good nearby restaurant like this:

“Arr, ye whoreson’ blaggart! Know ye th’ galley? I be needin’ t’ stuff me boghole.”

Ok, maybe not a police officer but a kind looking stranger instead.

Be sure and fill your speak today with plenty of Arrs, Matey’s and Shiver me Timbers just for the fun of it. So what if your landlubber co-workers don’t have a clue what you’re saying.

Perhaps you can share this is an instructional video on how to Talk Like a Pirate in the office…hilarious!

Don’t forget your breakfast on Talk Like a Pirate Day….

As a pirate you like doughnuts don’t you? Well then head on over to your participating Krispy Kreme™ and score some sweet booty. That’s right, Krispy Kreme™ says you can score some of those tasty glazed doughnuts (especially the hot from the oven donuts mmmm) if you do one of the following:

Talk like a pirate or wear an eye patch to a participating Krispy Kreme™ shop for one FREE Original Glazed doughnut.

Come in to a participating Krispy Kreme™ location in full pirate costume for one FREE dozen Original Glazed doughnuts. Qualifying pirate costumes must include three or more of the following items: No Weapons Allowed!

Eye Patch

Pirate Hat


Peg Leg

Parrot on Shoulder

Pirate Shirt / Loose white shirt

Knickers (the outer wear kind please)

Leather belt

Silver and gold necklaces and earrings

Pirate Hook

Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

This offer is only good on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19 at participating stores. How generous.  Or do ye think thar a feared of bein’ plundered, arr?

Sounds like a sweet deal to me.

Long John Silvers is also participating with pirates today. They will give you on fish tender or piece of chicken if you order talking like a pirate today. If you dress like a pirate, you will receive a free two piece fish tender basket (or two piece chicken basket).


I’ll be seein’ ye on th’ seas matey,

Sail Away Girl