Sailing Vocabulary

French Sailing Terms

On this page you will find a complete list of sailing vocabulary words and terms as well as water sports words in French. With thousands of miles of beautiful coast line and scores of inland lakes and rivers, France is one of the most popular destinations worldwide for boating sports. Also, if you’ve entered a sailing competition and will be sailing to a French-speaking country then you should find these sailing words very useful.

la voile sailing le yacht yacht la grand-voile mainsail
le mât mast le gréement rigging la bôme boom
l’arrière stern le compas compass l’ancre anchor
la voile d’avant headsail naviguer to navigate
le taquet cleat
le pont de côté sidedeck l’avant bow la barre tiller
la coque hull le gilet de sauvetage life jacket
le radeau de sauvetage life raft
la bouée de sauvetage lifebuoy la fusée éclairante flare les sports aquatiques watersports
la plance à voile windsurfing la voile saile la planche board
la bride footstrap le planchiste windsurfer la planche surfboard
le surf surfing le ski nautique waterskiing le rafting rafting
le motonautisme speed boating
le jet-ski jet skiing
le canoë canoeing
le kayak kayak la pagaie paddle ramer to row
le rameur rower la rame row le bateau à rame row boat
le vent wind la vague wave l’écume surf
les rapides rapids l’équipage team le surfeur surfer
le skieur natique waterskier
l’écoute sheet le gouvernail rudder
chavirer to capsize la dérive centerboard

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