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International glossary / lexicon of sea kayaking

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 

A Sea kayaker's glossary / lexicon Notes for translators. We love www.proz.com , www.granddictionnaire.com and www.dict.cc Glossaire-lexique de kayak de mer, anglais-français Seekajak Glossar-Lexikon, Deutsch-Englisch Your language
  accessories   accessoires Zubehör Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  adhesive / glue   adhésif, colle Klebstoff  
  adjustable   réglable einstellbar, verstellbar  
  advanced/
intermediate/
novice
  expert/
intermédiaire/
novice
Fortgeschritten(en)/
Durchschnitts/
Einsteiger
 
  aluminium in USA, aluminum alu, aluminium Alu, Aluminium  
  anorak waterproof kayaking jacket anorak Anorak  
  anticyclone / high high-pressure weather system anticyclone, haut, haute pression Antizyklone, Hochdruckgebiet, Hoch  
B English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
  back-paddling, paddling backwards   pagayage arrière, dénage, rétropulsion, marche arrière Konterschlag, Rückstoss, rückwarts paddeln Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

back-rest / back support

  dosseret Rückenstütze, Rückenlehne  
  backing wind changing direction counter-clockwise (see also veering) reculant, retournant, revenant (indique que le vent change de direction dans le sens contraire des aiguilles d'une montre) linksdrehend  
 

baidarka

  baidarka Baidarka  
  bail out to empty a boat using a bucket or by turning it upside-down. See also deep-water rescue écoper, vider lenzen  
 

bale out

to get out of your kayak while it is upside down dessalage, sortie d'urgence aussteigen  
  ballast, ballasted heavy weight (usually bags of sand or stones) carried in small boat to improve stability lest, lesté Ballast  
 

bar

underwater sandbank across the mouth of a river barre (banc de sable à l'embouchure d'un fleuve) Bank, Sandbank  
 

base-layer clothing

thin synthetic clothing worn next to the skin sous vêtement thermal Funktionsunterwäsche  
 

bay / cove

  baie / anse Bucht  
 

beam / breadth

width of a kayak largeur Breite  
 

bearing

navigation - the angle from north of a line joining two points relèvement Peilung  
 

Beaufort scale

index of wind strength échelle de Beaufort Windstärke (Beaufort)  
 

bilge, round

 

on a cross-section through a hull, the bilges are the parts which are lowest and furthest from the centreline. Greenland kayaks have an angular bilge called a chine. Most other kayaks have a round bilge. See also chine

coque ronde

 

Rundspant, U-förmiger Querschnitt

 

 
 

biocomposite

materials for composite construction which are derived from plants bio-composite    
 

bivouac bag / bivvy bag

a very small tent without poles, made of waterproof breathable fabric tente-abri bivouac, sursac Biwaksack  
 

blade

the thin, flat end of a kayak paddle pale, pelle Blatt, Paddelblatt  
  blade edge   tranche de la pale Paddelkante  
  boat   bateau Boot  
 

bow /
stem

the front of a boat avant, proue /
étrave
Bug, Vorderschiff /
Steven
 
  bow rescue, Eskimo rescue see also paddle rescue, side rescue sauvetage eskimo, récupération à l'esquimaude, récupération en pointe    
 

brace

high brace /
low brace

kayaking stroke used as a precaution when there is a risk you may lose your balance

appui

appui en suspension, appui tiré /
appui en poussée

Stütze

Konterschlagstütze /
Paddelstütze

 
  braces / shoulder straps / suspenders shoulder straps for trousers or spraydeck bretelles Schultergurte  
 

break in

whitewater expression - to go across an eddyline into fast water reprise de courant in der Strömung einfahren  
  break out whitewater expression - to go across an eddyline into an eddy stop courant das Kehrwasser einfahren  
 

breakers

breaking waves brisantes, vagues déferlantes Brandung, brechender See  
 

breathable

waterproof fabric which allows water vapour to pass through imper-respirant atmungsaktive  
  breeze see wind
 

broach (v.)

normally, when a sailing boat loses control while running downwind and suddenly turns through 90 degrees. In Kayarchy, to turn parallel to a steep wave, unintentionally normalement, auloffée involontaire d'un voilier mais ici, dérapage involontaire se mettant parallèle à la vague Querschlagen  
 

bulkhead

  cloison Schott, Schottwand  
 

bungee / shock cord

  élastiques, sandows Gummiseil  
 

buoy, lateral

navigation mark on the edge of a deep-water channel bouée latérale laterale Betonnung  
 

buoy, cardinal

navigation mark used to indicate isolated hazards bouée cardinale Kardinal-Betonnung  
 

buoyancy aid / personal flotation device (PFD)

  gilet / aide à la flottabilité / veste de flottaison individuelle (VFI) Schwimmweste, Rettungsveste  
  buoyancy bag   sac de flottaison, réserve de flottabilité Auftriebskörper  
  buoyancy chamber / watertight compartment   caisson, soute, réservoir de flottabilité Stauraum  
C English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

cag, cagoule

waterproof kayaking jacket. See also anorak, drytop cagoule, anorak Paddeljacke Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

camping, wild

camping but not on an official campsite camping sauvage wildes Zelten  
 

canoe, Canadian

traditional Canadian open boat. In English, the word is sometimes wrongly used to mean a kayak canoë Kanu, Kanadier  
 

capsize, to capsize

to turn upside down dessalage, chavirer/ dessaler Kenterung, kentern  
 

carbon fibre

(used as reinforcement in plastic composite construction) (fibre de) carbone Kohle, Carbon, CFC  
 

cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

technique of First Aid réanimation cardio-pulmonaire Herz-Lungen-Wiederbelebung (HLW)  
 

cartwheel / ender/ loop / pitchpole

  faire une chandelle, sancir, chavirer cul par dessus tête Kerze  
 

casualty

in Kayarchy, a person who needs assistance victime, secouru, dessalé    
 

centreboard / daggerboard

vertical fin under the centre of a sailing boat, can be moved up and down dérive pivotante / dérive sabre Kielschwert  
 

(deep water) channel

  chenal Tiefwasserweg, Fahrwasser  
 

channel 16, emergency channel

the VHF channel for distress, safety and calling voie 16, canal de détresse Kanal 16, Sprechfunk für Not- und Sicherheitszwecke  
 

chart

nautical / maritime map carte marine Seekarte, Karte  
  chart datum level from which depths are measured by cartographer zéro des cartes, zéro hydrographique Seekartennull  
 

chine

bilge with an angular shape. See also next entry, below bouchain vif Knick  
 

hard chine
/ soft chine

double chine

see also bilge, round

coque en V, coque à bouchain vif
/ bouchain adouci

coque à double bouchain

Knickspant, V-förmiges Querschnitt
/ *

doppelter Knickspant

 
 

chop, choppy

see sea state
 

chopped strand mat

CSM, a fibreglass reinforcement for composite kayaks mat Glasmatte, Glasfasermatte  
  cleat small plastic or metal object attached to deck and used to hold or tension a rope taquet, cabrion Klemme  
 

closed-cell foam

a plastic foam consisting of many sealed bubbles of air or nitrogen mousse à alvéoles fermées    
 

coach / instructor

       
 

coaming, rim

edge of cockpit to which spraydeck is attached hiloire, lèvre, rebord Süllrand  
 

Coastguard

  garde-côte, CROSS Küstenwacht Küstenwache  
 

cockpit

centre section of a kayak, including the seat and footrest. See also keyhole cockpit cockpit, habitacle Cockpit  
 

cold-moulding

method of building a wooden kayak bois moulé    
 

cold shock,
swim failure,
hypothermia

medical hazards of kayaking in cool climates cold shock (choc thermique dû au froid),
l'épuisement à la nage,
hypothermie
Kälteschock,
Schwimmversagen,
Unterkühlung / Hypothermie
 
 

come out of your kayak, to (v.)

idiom meaning to capsize, fail to roll and finish up in the water beside your kayak dessaler, sortir du kayak    
 

compass, hiking / compass, deck

navigator's tool for measuring bearings boussole à plaquette / compas de route Linealkompass / Kompass  
 

compass rose

circle printed on a chart as an aid to navigators rose de compas, rose des vents Windrose  
 

composite

plastic reinforced with fibreglass, Kevlar, etc composite    
 

contour line

line printed on map or chart joining points of equal height or depth courbe de niveau Höhenlinie  
 

co-ordinates

an accurate position on land or sea stated in degrees of latitude and longitude coordonnées Koordinaten  
 

cord

rope with a diameter of about 6 mm or less cordelette Reepschnur  
  course (n.)   route Kurs  
  course, to change   changer de cap den Kurs ändern  
 

cove / bay

  anse / baie Bucht  
 

cover

for hatch couvercle Lukendeckel  
 

cross-sectional shape

see bilge. shape of a kayak if you cut it in half across the middle forme en coupe transversale Querschnitt  
 

crosswind / side wind

wind blowing from the side vent de travers Halbwind  
 

CSM

chopped strand mat, a fibreglass reinforcement for composite kayaks mat Glasmatte, Glasfasermatte  
 

C-to-C roll

see roll
 

current

  courant Ström, Strömung  
  current, main   courant principal Hauptströmung  
  Curl, the technique for partly emptying flooded kayak      
D English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

daggerboard / centreboard

vertical fin under the centre of a sailing boat, can be moved up and down dérive sabre / dérive pivotante Kielschwert Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  day hatch   caisson de jour    
 

daytrip

trip lasting no more than one day rando, randonnée, sortie d'une journée Tagestour  
 

dead [or ded] reckoning

IHO Hydrographic Dictionary - "A method of navigation utilizing only the speed and heading of the craft, without reference
to external aids." (By adjusting for wind and current you can then produce an estimated position)
navigation à l'estime Koppeln, ungefähre Berechnung  
 

deck

flat upper part of a kayak pont Deck  
 

deck bag

 

kayak accessory which is attached to the deck for carrying small objects sac de pont Verdecktasche  
 

deck-lines, perimeter line

thin rope permanently attached round the deck of a kayak lignes de vie, corde de vie Decksleinenen, Rundumleine  
  deep (water)   (eau) profonde tief (Wasser)  
 

deep-water rescue

helping a capsized kayaker who is unable to roll, including emptying his/her kayak of water récupération Wiedereinstieg  
 

depression, low, cyclone

low-pressure weather system dépression, bas, cyclone Tiefdruckgebiet, Tief, Zyklone  
 

dinghy

small boat for rowing and / or sailing and / or motor, may be rigid or inflatable annexe, youyou, canot, petit dériveur Jolle, Beiboot  
  displacement hull hull which slips through the water rather than surfing over it. See also planing coque a déplacement    
 

distress flares,
hand flares,
rocket flares,
smoke flares

  fusées de détresse,
feux à main,
fusées à parachute,
fumigènes
Pyroschein,
Handfackeln,
Signalraketen,
Rauchsignalgeber
 
 

distress signals

  signalisation, signaux de repérage pour bateaux Seenotsignale  
 

diver / diving

underwater swimming with air tanks plongeur/-euse, plongée Sporttaucher/-in, tauchen  
 

dividers

navigator's tool for measuring distances on a chart compas lyre Marinezirkel  
 

double kayak, tandem kayak

for two persons kayak deux personnes, kayak tandem Zweierkajak, Zweierboot  
 

downwind / leeward

direction relative to the wind sous le vent vor dem Wind, leewärts  
  downstream/ downtide   en aval flussabwärts  
  drain hole, drain plug essential if a watertight compartment has no hatch nable Ablassschraub  
 

draw stroke

kayaking stroke appel en traction Ziehschlag  
  drift, to (v.) the unintended movement of a boat through the water under the influence of wind dériver driften  
 

drybag

  sac étanche wasserdichte Packsäcke  
 

drysuit

  combinaison étanche / combinaison sèche Trockenanzug  
  drytop and see anorak, cagoule cagoule, haut étanche Trockenjacke  
 

duct tape / Duck tape

strong waterproof adhesive tape ruban adhésif en toile, scotch de réparation kayak Klebeband  
 

dumper waves / shorebreak

plunging waves which are violent and unsatisfactory for surfing shorebreak, vagues cassantes (vagues sujette au déferlement plongeant)    
  dye, fluorescein marker distress signal sachet étanche de fluorescéine fluoreszein, fluorescein  
E English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

ebbing tide / ebb, the

The time from high tide until low tide.

Sometimes also used to mean the direction of the main current when the tide is falling

reflux, marée descendante

(courant de) jusant

Ebbe, Ebbstrom Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  eddy (wind turbulence)   contre-vent Wirbel  
 

eddy or counter-current (water)

see also whirlpool contre-courant, remous (courant de sens inverse qui se forme en aval d’un obstacle. Zone d’eau morte séparée du courant principal par une ligne tourbillonnaire) Kehrwasser  
 

eddyline, eddy fence

thin line of turbulent water separating an eddy from the main stream ligne tourbillonnaire Kehrwasserlinie, Verschneidungszone  
 

edging / leaning

kayaking technique. Edging means leaning the kayak over to the side while sitting upright. Leaning means leaning your body over to the side too gîter, mise en gîte Aufkanten  
 

emergency, survival

as in emergency paddle or emergency repair d'urgence, de survie Not-, Notfallausrüstung  
  empty out, to /
emptying out
getting water out of a flooded kayak vider /
vidange
   
 

EPIRB / ELT

Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon / Emergency Location Transmitter) balise radio, balise satellite Seenotsender, EPIRB  
 

epoxy

adhesive, or plastic resin époxy Epoxid, Epoxidharz  
 

estuary

where a river widens just before it enters the sea. The water level in an estuary is affected by the tides estuaire Mündung  
 

expedition, overnight trip

  croisière, expédition, excursion avec nuitée Expedition  
 

expired air resuscitation (EAR)

technique of First Aid respiration artificielle par la bouche à bouche Mund-zu-Mund-Beatmung  
 

exposed / sheltered coast

a coast is exposed if it is strongly affected by wind and waves coming directly from the ocean côte sous le vent, côté exposé / côte abritée    
 

external cardiac compression (ECC)

technique of First Aid massage cardiaque Herzdruckmassage  
F English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
  fairlead small plastic or metal object attached to deck and used to attach a rope filoir Klüse, Decksfitting, Decksbeschläge Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

farmer John / Jane

American name for style of wetsuit, called a long john in England combinaison sans manches Neoprenanzug Lang John, Long John  
 

fathom

six feet deep. Depth is now usually measured in metres brasse Faden  
 

feathered / off-set (right or left hand control)

the way in which the blades of European paddles are set in different planes pagaie croisée / pales croisées Paddel gedreht (rechtsgedreht oder linksgedreht)  
 

ferry glides

kayaking technique (passages à) bac Traversieren  
 

fetch

length of fetch

sea area over which a constant wind blows for a considerable time, creating waves

zone de fetch (région où le vent souffle avec une intensité et une direction constantes)

fetch

Luvbreite  
 

fibre-pile (clothing)

thick synthetic fleece clothing to wear under a waterproof jacket fibre polaire épaisse Fleece, Polar-Fleece  
 

fibreglass

  fibre de verre, composite Glasfaser, Glas, Fiberglas  
 

First Aid kit

  trousse de premier secours Erste Hilfe Set  
  fishing line (paravane hand line)   ligne de traîne paravane    
 

fix

navigation term. Your position, established by calculating the bearing from there to two or more landmarks, radio beacons, etc point    
 

flange

part of mould for making composite kayaks      
  flares, distress see distress
  flat (water)   (eau) plate stehendes (Wasser)  
 

fleece (clothing)

warm synthetic clothes worn under a waterproof jacket fibre polaire Polar-Fleece  
 

float, to (v.)

  flotter    
  float plan, trip plan   plan de route    
 

flood, the

The period from low tide until high tide. Sometimes also used to mean the direction of the main current when the tide is rising

marée montante

(courant de) flot

Flut, Flutstrom  
 

flotation

air chamber, inflatable or closed-cell foam flottaison    
 

fluorescein marker dye

distress signal sachet étanche de fluorescéine fluoreszein, fluorescein  
 

foam, plastic

in Kayarchy, a plastic containing many air bubbles mousse de flottaison, plastique alvéolaire    
 

foil, hydrofoil

 

underwater fin, for example a rudder, centreboard or stabiliser foil, hydrofoil Tragflügel  
 

folding kayak

  kayak pliant Faltkajak, Faltboot  
 

footrest

  cale-pieds, appuis-pieds, barre à pieds, pédales Stembrette, Fußstütze  
 

Force 4 wind

wind of Force 4 on the Beaufort scale force quatre Windstärke 4  
 

foredeck

front deck pont d'avant Vordeck  
  freeboard amount of kayak above the waterline franc-bord Freibord  
  front, cold weather front froid Kaltfront  
  front, occluded weather occlusion Okklusion  
  front, warm weather front chaud Warmfront  
  FRP fibre-reinforced plastic fibre de verre, composite GFC  
G English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

gelcoat

shiny outer surface of a composite kayak enduit gélifié Gelcoat Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  get in, to see also launch, seal launch embarquer einsteigen  
 

glue / adhesive

  colle / adhésif Klebstoff  
 

GPS

navigation device which uses Global Positioning Satellites GPS GPS  
 

graphite

American name for carbon fibre used as reinforcement in plastic composite construction fibre de carbone Carbon, CFC  
 

Greenland

  Groenland Grönland  
  Greenland kayak   kayak Groenlandais Grönlandkajak, Grönlander  
 

groundswell

waves at sea, not breaking although groundswell may be in relatively shallow water and may be steep lame de fond Dünung  
  group shelter   abri, Tupek Shelter    
  GRP glass-reinforced plastic fibre de verre, composite GFC  
  gunwale / sheer the top edge of a hull plat-bord, longeron Scheer  
  gust (of wind)   risée, rafale Böe  
H English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

handheld (adj.)

for example, handheld VHF radio portable Handgerät Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  handle, toggle, end loop   poignée, cabillot, anneau de bosse Halteschlaufe, Tragegriff  
 

hardshell (adj.)

American expression. A rigid kayak rather than one which folds or inflates kayak rigide, non pliant    
 

hatch

  écoutille, trappe Gepäckluke  
 

hatch cover

  couvercle de trappe Ladeluke  
 

heading

navigation term - the direction in which your kayak is pointing cap Bugrichtung  
 

headland, cape

part of the coast which projects out into the sea promontoire, cap Landzunge, Kap, Huk  
  headwind wind blowing directly against your direction of travel vent debout Gegenwind  
 

(rescue) helicopter

  hélico, hélicoptère (Seenot)Hubschrauber  
 

heliograph / signal mirror

  miroir de signalisation    
 

helmet

  casque Helm, Kajakhelm, Wildwasserhelm  
 

high / anticyclone

high-pressure weather system haute pression, haut, anticyclone Hoch, Hochdruckgebiet, Antizyklone  
 

high brace

kayaking stroke appui en suspension, appui tiré    
 

high recovery

kayaking stroke appui en suspension et redressement    
 

hip flick / hip snap

movement of the body which, when combined with a suitable stroke of the paddle, enables you to recover from a capsize or near-capsize coup de hanche, rotation des hanches Hüftschwung  
 

hole

technical expression from white-water kayaking gros rouleau, rappel dangereux gefärliche Walze  
 

hood

hat which covers entire head except for face, usually part of a waterproof jacket capuche Kapuze  
 

hull

  coque, carène Rumpf  
  hull-deck joint or seam   jonction coque et pont, joint de soudure Naht, Innennaht, Aussennaht  
  hypothermia,
cold shock,
swim failure
medical hazards of kayaking in cool climates hypothermie,
cold shock (choc thermique dû au froid),
l’épuisement à la nage
Unterkühlung / Hypothermie,
Kälteschock,
Schwimmversagen
 
I English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

inflatable (adj.), inflatable kayak

as in inflatable kayak or buoyancy bag gonflable, kayak gonflable aufblasbar, Luftboot, Schlauchboot Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  instructor / coach        
  intermediate/
advanced/
novice
  intermédiaire/
expert/
novice
Durchschnitts/
Fortgeschritten(en)/
Einsteiger
 
J English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

jacket, waterproof

anorak or cagoule cagoule, anorak Paddeljacke Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

J-bars

accessory for roof rack portant kayak, berceaux de transport Ovalbügel  
K English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

karabiner / krab / snap-link

metal or nylon device for rapid joining of two ropes mousequeton Karabiner Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

kayak/
sea kayak/
touring kayak

  kayak/
kayak de mer
Kajak/
Seekajak/
Wanderkajak
 
 

kayak bars, J-bars

accessory for roof rack portant kayak, berceaux de transport Senkrechtstütze, Ovalbügel  
  kayaker, paddler   kayakiste, pagayeur Kajakfahrer, Paddler  
 

keel, keel line

when a kayak is seen from the side, this is its bottom edge quille, ligne de quille Kiel  
 

Kevlar, aramid fibre

reinforcement for composite kayaks Kevlar, aramide Kevlar, aramid  
  keyhole cockpit a design feature taken from whitewater kayaks, which allows easy entry and exit hiloire "trou de serrure" Keyhole Cockpit  
 

kit

set of parts which can be assembled to make a kayak kit Bausatz  
 

kit

English idiom meaning "equipment" matos, matériel, équipement Ausrüstung  
 

kite

  cerf-volant Drachen  
  knee box, knee tube     Kniebox  
 

knee grips, thigh grips

  cale genou, cale cuisse Kniestütze  
  knot one nautical mile per hour nœud Knoten  
  knot, chain sennit, daisy chain   nœud de chaînette Kettenstek  
  knot, double fisherman's   nœud de pêcheur double doppelter Spierenstich  
  knot, figure eight   nœud en huit Achtknoten  
  knot, figure eight on a bight   nœud en double huit doppelter Achtknoten  
  knot, half hitch     halber Schlag, Halbschlag  
  knot, lark's foot   nœud de tête d'alouette Ankerstich  
  knot, overhand   demi-nœud Überhandknoten  
  knot, reef or square   nœud plat Reffknoten, Kreuzknoten  
  knot, round turn and two half hitches   tour mort et deux demi-clés Rundtörn mit zwei halben Schlägen  
L English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
 

laminate

in Kayarchy, an object made of several layers of plastic resin reinforced with fibreglass, Kevlar, etc stratifié, composite, Laminat Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  land, to (v.)   accoster, atterrer, débarquer anlegen  
 

landmark

conspicuous permanent object on land amer, point à terre, point de repère Orientierungspunkt  
 

latex

natural rubber used to make waterproof collars and cuffs for kayaking jackets and drysuits latex Latex  
 

latitude

navigation term latitude Breitengrad  
 

launch, to (v.)

to put a kayak onto the water      
 

leak (n.)

hole allowing water to enter voie d'eau das Leck  
 

leak, to (v.)

  avoir une voie d'eau lecken  
 

leaning / edging

kayaking technique. Edging is leaning the kayak over to the side without leaning your body gîte    
 

lee shore

where wind is blowing from the sea onto the coast terre sous le vent Leeküste  
 

leeboard

a vertical underwater fin which is attached to the side of a boat to reduce leeway during sailing aile de dérive    
 

leecocking, to leecock

tendency of a few kayaks to turn away from a side wind mou, tourner sous le vent leegierig sein  
 

leeward / downwind (side)

  (côté) sous le vent vor dem Wind, leewärts  
 

leeway

blown downwind dérive Abdrift  
  length   longeur Länge  
 

lifeboat

  canot de sauvetage / bateau de sauvetage Rettungsboot  
 

lifejacket

  gilet de sauvetage Schwimmweste  
 

light, navigation (fixed)

continuously lit, flashing, quick flashing, isophase or occulting feu fixe, feu à éclats, feu scintillant, feu isophase, feu à occultations Leuchttonne, Feuer  
  light, navigation (on vessel)   feu de route Navigationslicht  
  lighthouse   phare Leuchtturm  
  lightstick, glow stick, Cyalume   baton luminescent, Cyalume Leuchtstab, Knicklicht  
 

linseed oil

oil from the flax plant huile de lin Leinöl  
 

long john

style of wetsuit, in America called a farmer John / Jane combinaison sans manches Neoprenanzug Lang John  
 

longitude

navigation term longitude Längengrad  
 

loom / shaft

the central part of a kayak paddle, where the kayaker holds it manche Schaft, Paddelschaft  
 

loop / ender / cartwheel / pitchpole

  faire une chandelle, sancir, chavirer cul par dessus tête Kerze  
 

low brace

kayaking stroke appui en poussée    
 

low brace turn

kayaking stroke virage sur appui en poussée    
 

low recovery

kayaking stroke appui en poussée et redressement    
  Lyme disease disease transmitted by biting insects which usually live on deer maladie de Lyme Lyme Borreliose  
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magnetic deviation

when a compass fails to point to magnetic north because there is a local magnetic field déviation magnétique Deviation, Ablenkung Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

magnetic variation / declination

the difference between magnetic north and true north déclinaison magnétique magnetische Missweisung  
 

map

scale drawing of land. A map of the sea is called a chart carte topographique Landkarte, Karte  
 

marathon

long distance race

marathon, merathon Marathonlauf  
 

marine ply

plywood certified as suitable for use in boatbuilding contre-plaqué marine marine Sperrholz  
 

mark

in Kayarchy this means a navigation mark such as a buoy or flashing light balise, marque Betonnung, Tonne  
 

mast

  mât Mast  
 

mile, nautical

measurement of distance at sea, equivalent to 1852 metres mille (nautique) Seemeile, nautische Meile  
 

military exclusion zone

  zone intedite militaire Militärzone  
 

military firing range

  champ de tir Feuerbereich  
  millibars (mb)   hectoPascals (hPa) Hektopascals (hPa)  
  mould polished metal or plastic shape in which plastic kayaks are made, mold in USA moule    
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nautical mile

measurement of distance at sea, equivalent to 1852 metres mille (nautique) Seemeile, nautische Meile Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

navigation, piloting

the art and science of using a map or chart to establish your location and direction navigation, cabotage Navigation, Sichtnavigation  
 

neoprene

synthetic rubber used as a coating on waterproof fabrics and as a foam to make wetsuits néoprène Neopren  
  NM abbreviation for nautical mile, for example 40 NM mille(s) nautique(s) Seemeile(n)  
 

north, magnetic

  nord magnétique magnetische Nord  
 

north, true

  nord vrai, nord géographique geographische Nord  
  nylon polyamide plastic nylon Nylon  
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off-set / feathered (right or left hand control)

the way in which the blades of European paddles are set in different planes pagaie croisée / pales croisées Paddel gedreht (rechtsgedreht oder linksgedreht) Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

offshore wind

wind blowing away from land

vent de terre

Landwind  
 

offshore

at sea, far from the coast au large, éloigné de la côte    
  onshore wind wind blowing towards the land vent de mer, vent du large Seewind  
  outfitting to fit accessories to a kayak accastillage Bootszubehör  
 

outrigger

outrigger canoe

a stabiliser, a secondary hull parallel to the main hull

balancier

va'a, pirogue Hawaïenne ou Tahitienne

Schwimmer

Auslegerkanu

 
 

overfalls

potentially dangerous area of confused breaking waves caused by strong currents raz de courant ("zone turbulente avec de courtes vagues brisantes causée par un courant fort passant au-dessus d'un haut-fond ou autre obstruction sous-marine, ou par la rencontre de courants et de vents contraires")    
  overhang for example, the ends of a traditional Greenland kayak, which are not vertical like those of a racing kayak   Überhang, Ausladung des Stevens  
 

overnight trip, expedition

  croisière, expédition, excursion avec nuitée Expedition  
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paddle (n.)

see also shaft, wings, spare paddle/ splits pagaie Paddel Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

paddle, to (v.)

to propel a kayak with a paddle pagayer, faire route paddeln  
  paddling backwards   pagayage arrière, dénage, rétropulsion, marche arrière rückwarts paddeln  
  paddling forwards   pagayage avant, traction, propulsion vorwärts paddeln  
 

paddle float

item of kayaking safety equipment flotteur de pagaie, ballon de pagaie, paddle float Paddelfloat  
  paddle joint centre of a two-part paddle manchon, bague, ferrure Teilung  
  paddle rescue see also bow rescue, side rescue récupération esquimau avec une pagaie entre les deux kayaks    
 

paddler

kayaker pagayeur, kayakiste Paddler, Kajakfahrer  
 

parallel rules

navigator's tool for measuring distances and bearings on a chart règles parallèles Parallel Lineal  
 

Pawlata roll

see roll
  PE polyethylene polyéthylène PE, Polyethylen, Polyäthylen  
 

pencil

  crayon Bleistift  
 

personal flotation device (PFD) / buoyancy aid

  veste de flottaison individuelle (VFI) / gilet / aide à la flottabilité Schwimmweste, Rettungsveste  
  PFD personal flotation device gilet / aide à la flottabilité / VFI Schwimmweste, Rettungsveste  
  pillar buoyancy pillar of foam in cockpit area chandelle    
 

pilot guide

book for seafarers, describing the hazards of a particular area of coast guide nautique, instructions nautiques Revierführer  
 

pitchpole / ender / loop / cartwheel

  faire une chandelle, sancir, chavirer cul par dessus tête Kerze  
 

planing, to plane

the action of a boat, especially one with a flat underside, when it goes so fast that it skims over the surface of water planant, planer gleitend, gleiten  
 

playboat

a very short plastic kayak used on white water rivers playboat Wildwasserkajak  
  playspot, playwave a surfable standing wave spot    
 

plot a course, to

navigation - to calculate a course using a chart   plotten einen Kurs  
  plotter, Breton/
Portland plotter
navigator's tool for measuring distances and bearings on a chart rapporteur Breton, règle rapporteur Kursviereck  
 

plywood, ply

  contre-plaqué, cp Sperrholz  
 

pogies

gloves which attach to the shaft of a kayak paddle manchons de pagaie Paddelpfötchen  
 

polyester

plastic polyester Polyester  
 

polyethylene, polythene, PE

plastic polyéthylène Polyethylen, Polyäthylen, PE  
 

polypropylene

plastic polypropylène Polypropylen  
 

polyurethane, PU

plastic polyuréthane Polyurethan, PU  
 

polyvinyl chloride, PVC, vinyl

plastic polyvinyle, PVC Polyvinylchlorid, PVC  
 

port, left

opposite of starboard / right bâbord, gauche backbord, links  
  portage carry a canoe or kayak past an obstacle portage Umtragen  
 

power face

the concave side of a paddle blade face propulsive    
 

PUL / thermal stretch fabric

waterproof material with some thermal insulation, can be used to make kayaking garments Aquatherm®    
 

pump, foot pump

  pompe à pied Pumpe, Fußpumpe  
 

portable pump

  pompe seringue Handlenzpumpe, Handpumpe  
  PVC / vinyl (polyvinyl chloride) plastic PVC Polyvinylchlorid, PVC  
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  qajaq, qajait Greendlandic for kayak, kayaks ------ ------ Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
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race, racing kayak

competition. See also "tide race" course, merathon, kayak de course Rennen, Rennkajak Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

radio, VHF

a radio, usually handheld, which both transmits and receives on Very High Frequencies radio VHF UKW-radio, VHF-radio  
 

raft (n.)

two or more kayaks temporarily held together side by side radeau    
 

raft up, to (v.)

to hold other kayak(s) to make a raft se mettre en radeau    
 

raid

a long-distance race across varying terrain and/or water raid    
 

ranges / transits

method of checking your position visually, by reference to two stationary objects in line alignements Leitlinie  
  rear deck   pontage arrière Hinterdeck  
  recessed deck fitting / insert   pontet, filoir Decksfitting, Decksbeschläge  
 

reciprocal bearing

navigation - a bearing plus 180 degrees. In other words, the opposite direction   reziproke Kurs  
 

recovery, high / low

kayaking stroke appui en suspension et redressement / appui en poussée et redressement    
  recreational kayak, rec boat short, under-equipped kayak kayak récréatif    
 

reef (n.)

isolated areas of rocks just below the surface of the sea. Often above water at low tide écueil, récif, chaussée Riff, Bank  
 

reef, to (v.)

to reduce the sail area of a sailing boat prendre un ris reffen  
  re-entry & roll, self-rescue by   auto-récupération par re-intégration puis esquimotage    
 

release strap, grab loop

webbing strap attached to a spraydeck to help kayaker detach it from the cockpit sangle d'évacuation Griffschlaufe, Gurt  
  repair kit adhesives and tools used to make a temporary repair kit de réparation Flickzeug  
 

rescue

  récupération, sauvetage    
  resin part of a composite kayak résine Harz (Polyesterharz, Epoxidharz)  
 

reverse screw roll

see roll
 

rim, coaming

rim of cockpit to which spraydeck is attached hiloire, lèvre, rebord Süllrand  
  rip current narrow, intense current flowing outward from surf beach courant d'arrachement, courant des sorties de baïnes Brandungsrückströmung, Rippströmung  
  risk assessment health & safety document évaluation des risques Risikoeinschätzung  
 

rock-hopping

playing in moving water next to rocks, in a sea kayak rase cailloux    
 

rocker

When a kayak is seen from the side, it has high rocker if the bottom edge is shaped like a banana. If the bottom edge is straight for most or its length, this is low rocker giron, ligne de quille Sprung  
 

roll (n.)

kayaking stroke which enables a capsized kayaker to turn the right way up while still in the kayak esquimotage Kenterrolle, Eskimorolle  
  roll, to   esquimauter eskimotieren, rollen  
  roll, C-to-C /
brace roll
  esquimautage en suspension, en appui tiré Hangrolle, kurze Rolle  
  roll, hand roll without a paddle esquimotage avec les mains Handrolle  
  roll, reverse screw / reverse sweep / back deck roll   esquimotage rodéo, esquimautage central inversé ou arrière Rückwärtsrolle  
  roll, screw / forward sweep   esquimautage central Bogenschlagrolle, Sweep Roll  
  roll, Pawlata   esquimautage Pawlata, esquimautage avec prise allongée, ou levier Pawlata, Bauernrolle(?)  
 

roll, Steyr

  esquimautage Steyr, esquimautage inversé avec prise allongée Steyr-rolle  
 

roof rack

  barres de toit Dachträger  
 

rope

  corde, cordage Seil  
  rough see sea state
 

rovings

fibreglass thread roving, rowing Glasroving  
 

row, to (v.)

use oars to propel a boat nager, ramer pullen, rudern  
  rudder   gouvernail Steueranlage  
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sail, to

  faire voile, naviguer, faire route   Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
  sail (n.)   voile Segel  
 

scarf

keeps your neck warm écharpe Schal  
  scarf / scarph joint strong method of joining two pieces of wood scarf Schäft  
 

sculling

in Kayarchy, any kayaking stroke which involves repeatedly moving one blade of the paddle from side to side in the water godillage scullen  
 

sculling brace, sculling for support

kayaking stroke appui en godille    
 

sculling draw stroke

kayaking stroke appel en godille    
 

sea kayak

  kayak de mer Seekajak  
  sea level   niveau de la mer Wasserstand  
 

sea state

index of wave height, used in weather forecasts état de la mer Seegang  
  sea state - calm (glassy) IMO 0
WMO 0
état de la mer - mer calme glatt  
  sea state - calm (rippled) IMO 1
WMO 1
état de la mer - mer ridée ruhig  
  sea state - smooth (wavelets) IMO 2
WMO 2
état de la mer - belle schwach bewegt  
  sea state - slight IMO 3
WMO 3
état de la mer - mer peu agitée leicht bewegt  
  choppy small steep waves everywhere clapot, mer hachée bewegte See  
  sea state - moderate IMO 4
WMO 4
état de la mer - mer agitée mäßig bewegt  
  sea state - rough IMO 5
WMO 5
état de la mer - mer forte grobe See  
  sea state - very rough IMO 6
WMO 6
état de la mer - très forte sehr grobe See  
  sea state - high IMO 7
WMO 7
état de la mer - grosse hohe See  
  sea state - very high IMO 8
WMO 8
état de la mer - très grosse sehr hohe See  
 

sea state - phenomenal

IMO 9
WMO 9
état de la mer - énorme Außergewöhnlich schwer  
 

seal

a marine mammal phoque, otarie Seehund  
 

seal(s)

a cuff or collar that prevents water entering a waterproof jacket sceau(x) Dichtung(en  
 

seal launch

sliding kayak forwards into the water while seated in it mise à l'eau depuis une petite falaise    
 

sealant

plastic gel or liquid which sets to make a waterproof rubber colle-mastic Dichtmittel  
 

search-and-rescue (SAR)

describes a boat or aircraft used to find and rescue casualties at sea recherche et sauvetage Such- und Rettungs (SAR)  
 

seat

  siège Sitz  
  seaweed   algue Meeresalgen  
  self-rescue   auto-récupération, remonter dans son kayak par ses propres moyens (autarker) Wiedereinstieg  
 

shaft / loom

the central part of any kayak paddle manche Schaft, Paddelschaft  
  shallow water, shallows, shoal   eau peu profonde, hauts-fonds Untiefe  
 

sheathing

in Kayarchy, protecting a wooden kayak by covering it in plastic resin and glassfibre reinforcement stratification    
  sheer / gunwale the top edge of a hull plat-bord Scheer, Dollbord  
 

sheltered

- see exposed
  shingle pebbles (rounded beach stones, larger than gravel) galets Kies  
  shipping lane   couloir de navigation Schifffahrtsroute  
  shoal isolated areas of sand or mud just below the surface of the sea. Often above water at low tide hauts-fonds Untiefe  
 

shock cord / bungee

  élastiques, sandows Gummiseil  
 

shorebreak / dumper waves

plunging waves which are violent and unsatisfactory for surfing shorebreak, vagues cassantes (vagues sujette au déferlement plongeant)    
  side rescue see also bow rescue, paddle rescue récupération d'une personne retournée inconsciente ou bloquée dans son kayak    
  sidesurfing sometimes called a broached run or bongo slide surf latéral    
 

signal mirror / heliograph

  miroir de signalisation    
  sill underwater bank across the mouth of a river or fjord seuil, haut-fond à l'embouchure d'un fjord    
 

sink, to (v.)

when boat fills with water and goes down couler sinken  
 

sit-on-top

a kayak which has a sealed hull so the kayaker sits in a hollow on the deck. The name usually denotes a slow or average kayak - see also "ski" sit-on-top, kayak déponté, kayak autovideur Sit on top Kajak, Freizeitkajak  
 

skeg

a small vertical fin under the rear of a kayak. Unlike a rudder, it does not hinge from side to side dérive Skeg  
 

ski

a kayak which has a sealed hull so the kayaker sits in a hollow on the deck. A ski is for rescue, racing or surf - see also "sit-on-top" surfski, surfski élite    
 

skin-on-frame (SOF)

boatbuilding technique using a flexible waterproof skin over a rigid skeleton bois & toile Holz-Gummi-Leinen, Skin-On-Frame  
 

slack water, the turn of the tide

time when tidal streams are stationary because they are about to change direction étale du flot, renverse Stillstand, Kentern des Stromes  
 

snap-link

see karabiner
 

SOF

see skin-on-frame
 

solo kayaking

kayaking on your own, unaccompanied en solitaire, en solo solo  
  spare paddle   pagaie de sécurité, pagaie de secours Ersatzpaddel, Paddel mit Teilung  
  splits UK idiom for two-part spare paddle pagaie démontable Paddel mit Teilung  
  sponson sausage-shaped inflatable bag to attach to side of kayak for use during self-rescue sponson, cellule gonflable Außenbordschläuche  
 

spraydeck, sprayskirt

  jupe, jupette Spritzdecke  
 

spray (n.)

a shower of water droplets embruns Gischt  
  squall powerful local gusts of wind often at "cold front" of depression grain Böe  
 

stabiliser

device attached to a boat to help it stay upright, for example when sailing stabilisateur    
 

stability, lateral (initial and secondary)

technical terms in kayak design - the tendency of a kayak to resist capsizing stabilité primaire, stabilité secondaire    
 

stability, directional or longitudinal

technical term in kayak design - the tendency of a long thin kayak to go in a straight line stabilité directionelle Geradeauslauf  
 

stable / unstable

  stable / instable stabil / instabil  
  stainless steel   inox, acier inoxydable rostfreier Stahl  
 

standing wave

a stationary wave created by water flowing fast over a ledge onde stationnaire stehende Welle  
  starboard, right opposite of port / left tribord, droite steuerbord, rechts  
 

stem /
bow

front end of a boat étrave /
proue, avant
Steven /
Bug, Vorderschiff
 
 

stern

back end of a boat étambot, poupe, arrière Heck  
 

stern brace

kayaking stroke      
 

stern rudder

kayaking stroke virage en gouvernail arrière    
 

Steyr roll

see roll
 

stirrup

in Kayarchy, a loop of rope or webbing which a casualty may use as a step to get back into his/her kayak after it has been emptied at sea étrier    
 

stitch-and-glue

English name for tack-and-tape method of building a kayak from plywood cousu-collé    
  stopper wave / hydraulic   rouleau, bourrelet (petit) Walze  
 

strap

length of webbing, often with a buckle at one end sangle Spanngurte  
 

strip-plank

method of building a wooden kayak lamellé collé Strip-Bauweise  
 

strobe light

distress signal consisting of a very bright light which flashes automatically balise lumineuse, lampe clignotante, lampe flash, lampe stroboscopique Seenot Blitzer, Signallampe, Tauchlampe  
 

stroke (n.), paddle stroke

in Kayarchy, one of many ways of using a paddle to achieve a particular result, such as moving sideways or staying upright coup de pagaie Paddelschlag  
 

support stroke

kayaking stroke which enables you to recover without capsizing after you have lost your balance coup de redressement    
 

surf (n.)

  ressac, surf, déferlement Brandung  
  to surf, to go surfing   surfer, faire du surf surfen  
  survival, emergency equipment   équipement d'urgence, de survie Not-, Notfallausrüstung  
 

survival bag

large polyethylene bag used as an emergency shelter sac de survie, couverture de survie Mumienschlafsack, Survivalsack, Survival Bag  
  survival blanket, space blanket   couverture isotherme, couverture de survie Rettungsdecke  
  sweep phase a part of most kayak rolls balayage    
 

sweep stroke (forwards or backwards)

kayaking stroke circulaire (à l'avant ou à l'envers) Rundschlag, Bogenschlag (vorwärts oder rückwarts)  
 

swell / groundswell (n.)

waves at sea, not breaking although groundswell may be in relatively shallow water and may be steep houle, lame de fond Dünung  
 

swim failure,
cold shock,
hypothermia
,

medical hazards of kayaking in cool climates l’épuisement à la nage,
cold shock (choc thermique dû au froid),
hypothermie
Schwimmversagen,
Unterkühlung / Hypothermie,
Kälteschock
 
  swimming costume swimming shorts, bikini, etc maillot de bain Badeanzug  
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  T-rescue technique for emptying flooded kayak récupération en T T-lenzung Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

tack-and-tape

American name for stitch-and-glue method of building a kayak from plywood cousu-collé    
 

tape

flat rope or string. Could also mean a strip of paper or cloth with adhesive on one side sangle, scotch, bande, sparadrap Gurtband, Heftpflaster  
 

thermal stretch fabric / PUL

waterproof material with some thermal insulation, can be used to make kayaking garments Aquatherm®    
 

throwline

a kayaker's heaving line, made of floating rope ligne d'attrape, corde de secours, sac à corde Wurfsack  
 

tidal range

the vertical difference between high tide and low tide marnage, coefficient Tidenhub  
 

tidal stream

current in the sea created by the rise and fall of the tides courant de marée Strom, Strömung  
 

tidal stream atlas

  atlas de courant de marée Stromatlas  
 

tidal triangle / vector

navigation technique to take account of the effect of currents      
 

tide

the rise and fall of the surface of the sea under the influence of the moon and sun marée Gezeit  
 

tide, ebbing (n.)

The time from high tide until low tide.

Sometimes also used to mean the direction of the main current when the tide is falling

reflux, marée descendante

(courant de) jusant

Ebbe, Ebbstrom  
 

tide, flood / rising (n.)

The period from low tide until high tide. Sometimes also used to mean the direction of the main current when the tide is rising

marée montante

(courant de) flot

Flut, Flutstrom  
 

tide, high/

high water

the time when the rising tide reaches its highest level

marée haute/

pleine mer

Hochwasser  
 

tide, low/

low water

the time when the falling tide reaches its lowest level

marée basse/

basse mer, basse eau

Niedrigwasser  
 

tides, neap

time of the month with smallest tidal range mortes-eaux, marées de mortes-eaux Nipptide  
  tides, spring time of the month with largest tidal range vives-eaux, marées de vives eaux, grandes marées Springtide  
 

tide race

area where a tidal stream accelerates while going through a narrow channel or round a headland, sometimes creating friendly standing waves. See also overfalls raz    
 

tide tables

booklet showing times of high and low tides and tidal ranges for a year table des marées, annuaire des marées Gezeitentafeln  
 

tippy

idiom meaning unstable instable instabil  
  toggle, end loop, handle   poignée, cabillot, anneau de bosse Halteschlaufe, Tragegriff  
 

torch, head

  (lampe) frontale Stirnlampe  
  torso / trunk (rotation of) the upper half of the human body torse (rotation du) Oberkörper(bewegung)  
 

tough (adj.)

resists impact, recovers its shape instantly after impact résistant, costaud beständig  
 

tow, to (v.), towing

in Kayarchy, when a kayaker uses a rope to pull another kayak remorquer, remorquage schleppen  
  tow, contact   remorquage par contact, remorquage en poussée    
  tow, standard   remorquage classique    
 

tow-belt

  ceinture de remorquage Abschleppleine mit Gurt  
 

tow-line

  ligne de remorque, corde de remorquage Abschleppleine  
  towback   rappel Rücklauf  
  track a boat's actual course over the ground route vraie, route sur le fond    
 

trailer

for road transport of kayaks remorque Anhänger  
 

transits / ranges

method of checking your position visually, by reference to two stationary objects in line alignements Leitlinie  
  trim whether a loaded kayak is balanced, or is low at the front/rear assiette Trimm  
  trip plan, float plan   plan de route    
  trunk / torso, (rotation of) the upper half of the human body torse (rotation du) Oberkörper(bewegung)  
  trough (of wave)   creux (d'une vague) Wellental  
  Twelfths, rule of approximate calculation of height of the tide règle des douzièmes    
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  unfeathered the way in which the blades of Greenland paddles are in the same plane pales en drapeau ungedreht Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

unstable / stable

  stable / instable stabil / instabil  
  upstream / uptide   en amont flussaufwärts  
 

upwind

  au vent gegen den Wind  
  urethane (polyurethane, PU) plastic polyuréthane Polyurethan (PU)  
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  vacuum bagging when making a composite kayak, vac bagging can reduce weight and increase strength moulage au sac sous vide Vakuumfolienverfahren  
  veering wind changing direction clockwise (see also backing)

virant, tournant (indique que le vent change de direction dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre)

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Velcro fastener

used for clothing fermeture Velcro Klettverschluss  
 

veneer

a very thin sheet of wood bois de placage Furnier  
 

VHF radio

a radio, usually handheld, which transmits and receives on Very High Frequencies radio VHF UKW-radio  
  vinyl / PVC / polyvinyl chloride plastic PVC Polyvinylchlorid, PVC  
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watch /wristwatch

  montre Armbanduhr Translate the glossary! See Get In Touch
 

waterline

as in "waterline length" or width at the waterline ligne d'eau, ligne de flottaison Wasserlinie  
  waterline length   longueur à la ligne d'eau, longueur flottaison    
 

waterproof

as in waterproof jacket imperméable wasserdichte  
 

watertight

as in watertight bag or watertight compartment étanche wasserdichte  
  watertight compartment / buoyancy chamber   caisson, soute Stauraum  
 

wave

  vague, onde, lame Welle, See  
 

wave, breaking

  rouleau, vague déferlante Brandung, brechender Seen  
 

wave, dumper / shorebreak

plunging waves which are violent and unsatisfactory for surfing shorebreak, vagues cassantes (vagues sujette au déferlement plongeant)    
 

wave, green

a wave which is not breaking   grüne Welle  
 

wave, mushy

spilling waves which are shapeless and unsatisfactory for surfing      
 

wave, plunging

see dumper
 

wave, spilling

technical expression from surfing vague déferlante (vague sujette au déferlement glissant)    
 

wave, standing

a stationary wave created by water flowing fast over a shallow ridge vague statique, onde stationnaire stehende Welle  
 

wave, stopper / hydraulic

technical expression from white-water kayaking rouleau, bourrelet (petit) gefärliche Walze  
 

weather

sunshine, wind, rain, fog, etc temps Wetter  
  weather, bad   mauvais temps schlechtes Wetter  
  weather, good   beau temps, temps clair klares Wetter  
  weather, heavy   gros temps    
  weather forecast   prévisions météo, bulletin météo Wetterbericht  
 

weathercocking, to weathercock

tendency of most kayaks to turn into a side wind ardent, tourner au vent, lofer luvgierig sein  
 

webbing

flat rope made of woven synthetic sangle Gurtband  
  weir   seuil Stufe, Wehr  
 

wet exit

American term for getting out of a capsized kayak while it is upside down sortie d'urgence, dessalage    
 

wetsuit

thermal suit made of neoprene foam with a nylon skin combinaison (isothermique) Neoprenanzug  
  wetsuit bootees (or socks, slippers or boots) various styles of footwear bottillons en néoprène (ou chaussettes, chaussons ou bottes) Neoprenschuh, Kajakschuh  
  whirlpool see also eddy tourbillon, marmite Strudel  
 

whistle

  sifflet Pfeife  
 

white water

fast, turbulent water mixed with air bubbles eau vive, eau émulsionnée Wildwasser  
 

whitecaps, white horses

crests of waves which are breaking in deep water on a windy day moutons

Schaumköpfe, Schaumkrone

 
 

winch

for example on a helicopter treuil (de sauvetage) Hubwinde  
 

wind

  vent Wind  
  wind - calm Beaufort 0 calme Stille  
  wind - "light air" Beaufort 1 très légère brise leiser Zug  
  wind - light breeze Beaufort 2 légère brise leichte Brise  
  wind - "gentle breeze" Beaufort 3 petite brise schwache Brise  
  wind - "moderate breeze" Beaufort 4 jolie brise mässige Brise  
  wind - "fresh breeze" Beaufort 5 bonne brise frische Brise  
  wind - "strong breeze" (strong wind for a kayaker) Beaufort 6 vent frais starker Wind  
  wind - near gale Beaufort 7 grand frais steifer Wind  
  wind - fresh gale Beaufort 8 coup de vent stürmischer Wind  
 

wind - crosswind / side wind

wind coming from the side vent de travers Halbwind  
  wind - headwind wind blowing directly against your direction of travel vent debout Gegenwind  
  wind, prevailing the direction from which the wind usually blows vents dominants Hauptwindrichtung  
 

wind, quartering

wind coming from behind and to the side      
 

wind-against-tide conditions

steep breaking waves created by wind blowing in opposite direction to tidal stream vent contre courant    
  windchill   refroidissement éolien Windkälte  
  windward (side)   (côté) au vent    
  wings, wing paddle racing paddle with very concave blades cuiller, pagaie creuse Wing Paddel, Rennpaddel  
  woven rovings fibreglass reinforcement for composite kayaks, made into a cloth roving tissé Glasrovinggewebe  
X English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
  X-rescue technique for emptying flooded kayak récupération en X X-lenzung  
Y English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
  yacht   yacht, voilier Yacht, Segelboot  
Z English Notes for translators Français Deutsch Your language
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