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Shoot the Breeze: How to Speak Yachtie, by Sarah Ell (Random House, RRP $19.99):

If you felt totally out of your depth during the recent America’s Cup racing, this book might just be what you need. Shoot the Breeze will teach you the language of the waves.

Author and keen sailor Sarah Ell regularly competes in yacht races at club and national level and has a history with a couple of New Zealand’s boating magazines so she certainly has the qualifications to teach us a thing or two about speaking   yachtie.

If you don’t know your sheets from your tails, this light-hearted but factual guide to the bizarre language spoken by sailors will get you up to speed in no time.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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