New edition of a translation of Segler Lexicon, published in German by Klasing & Co. GmbH, Bielefeld, and appearing in its first English edition in 1981 (Adlard Coles Nautical). Some 4,000 technical terms are defined and explained. Abundantly illustrated. No pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Since the introduction of fiberglass-reinforced plastics 20 years ago, a host of revolutionary changes have come to the sport of sailing, including new technology and new technical terms relating to methods and building materials. "The Sailing Dictionary" is an attempt to keep those who buy, equip, and sail boats abreast of the specialized jargon so they can better communicate
The dictionary has more than 4,000 terms, including definitions of well-established words and phrases as well as new terms resulting from modern navigation electronics, grand prix racing, and other developments since the first edition was published in 1981. The entries vary in length from a single sentence to paragraphs of 10 sentences or more. Many are accompanied by line drawings, which, in many instances, make the definitions clearer (e.g., drawings of knots and various pieces of nautical hardware, a chart of the Beaufort Scale of wind speeds)
Author Schult is a well-known German seaman who has written several books on sailing. Howard-Williams is a sailor of 50 year's experience who has written eight books on sailing
The dictionary has three features that enhance its reference use: a list of abbreviations of frequently used terms in the text, drawings of flags of the International Code of Signals, and drawings of International Association of Lighthouse Authority marks on channel markers, the latter two on the endpapers. "The Sailing Dictionary" is an essential purchase for libraries building strong sailing collections.