Translation of sail in Spanish:


vela, n.

Pronunciation /seɪl//seɪl/


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    • 1.1Nautical
      (of ship, boat)

      vela feminine
      in the days of sail en la época de los barcos de / a vela
      • Looking out over the Indian Ocean, the sails of dhow fishing vessels are dwarfed by transoceanic cargo ships gliding into the port.
      • We had to tie up the ships' sails with short pieces of ropes.
      • Everywhere, it clogs the narrow paths between the paqa's domes, clings to the masts and sails of the ship, and teases at the lapping waves of the bay.
      • At first when sails triumphed over oars, a large square sail was rigged on the mainmast while two smaller sails fore and aft gave the ship maneuverability.
      • The boat suddenly lurched and spun about as the sail was unfurled and caught the wind.
      • Storm-swiped vessels with broken masts and tattered sails beached alongside the dock, frail and weather-beaten, but home from the squall.
      • The boat slips sleepily down the harbour, until it rounds the breakwater and the wind catches its sail.
      • If you find yourself out there, and wait patiently for just the right conditions, the wind will come up and catch the sails of the ship, blowing it right inside the bottle.
      • There were no masts or sails for catching wind and the bottoms were completely flat.
      • Rough wind pushed the boats from behind, catching in their sails.
      • The ship had no sails or masts yet it moved at great speed through the water.
      • During a transition period at midcentury, the largest warships retained masts and sails while adding steampower and either paddle wheels or screw propellers.
      • This in turn causes surrounding air to rush into the sail and propel the boat further.
      • These blocks were the pulleys used in ships’ rigging to manipulate sails, masts and spars.
      • My primary role on the boat is called a ‘grinder’, and I provide power for the winches [the circular wheels which wind the boat's sails up and down].
      • I knew it was coming to rescue us so I took down the sail and mast, took up the centerboard and brought in the rudder and lashed it all secure.
      • The sails caught the wind once more and they were on their way.
      • The offshore wind catches the sail on which the main sheet appears to be cleated, and the boat capsizes across the shore.
      • Through the trees you may catch glimpses of billowing sails, wind surfers, cross-lakes ferries and motor boats.
      • The wind caught the sails with a dull boom and the ship heeled about, tacking into the westerly breeze sweeping across the lake.

    • 1.2Nautical

      viaje en barco masculine
      viaje en velero masculine
      to go for a sail salir a navegar
      • it's at least a day's sail away queda por lo menos a un día en barco / de navegación
      • The longest leg of the journey is then the sail to Fort William and the final ascent of Ben Nevis.
      • The half-hour sail to the cape at Formentor is well worth the voyage, and you can also go by glass - bottomed boat for junior's benefit.
      • Kate and Josie Fraser lead out a group of fellow 2003 NCAS Sailing scholarship holders on a training sail at Ballina last November.
      • A night's frantic journey or a daring sail on the treacherous winter sea is all it would take to put an ambusher in their path.

    • 1.3plural sailNautical

      velero masculine
      a dozen sail una docena de veleros

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    (of windmill)
    (with masculine article in the singular) aspa feminine
    • A beautiful landscape shows several traditional thatched huts, but they all sport the sails seen on windmills across Holland.
    • On either side of her rose hills covered with vineyards and the gently rotating white sails of the windmills used for crushing grapes.
    • Only the sky at the top of each card is left, demarcated by the missing outlines of windmill sails, or trees, or Table Mountain.
    • Now Selby District Council will try to resolve the deadlock over the 45 ft former windmill, a four-storey building which no longer has a roof, sails or machinery.
    • A tourist boat putters by in the canal; the sails of the huge windmill overhead cast long, cool shadows across the road.
    • The photograph shows it, then known as Acomb Windmill, as it was when in use in the early 1900s with its unusual five sails - standard designs had just four - still attached.

transitive verb

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    (boat/ship) gobernar
    (boat/ship) manejar
    he sailed the vessel too close to the shore llevó la embarcación demasiado cerca de la costa
    • his job is sailing yachts for wealthy owners trabaja como patrón de yates de gente rica
    • It has also been alleged that the Burgers did not have the necessary papers and skipper's tickets to sail the yacht, which was apparently not insured.
    • But McLucas has other thoughts for the Queen's jubilee weekend - he will be sailing his yacht in the Firth of Clyde.
    • And I'm thinking how lucky we passengers are to get to help sail a tall ship - even if it's only for a morning trip.
    • After some years as a Naval Officer, he was given nine months leave to sail his yacht, Tern II, out to New Zealand.
    • Lo and behold Jane is forced to believe when one dreary night Captain Hook sails his ship above London and snatches Jane away under the assumption that it's Wendy!
    • Mr and Mrs Roger-Lund and their 16-year-old son, Lee, plan to sail the yacht in the Cape to Rio race in 1976.
    • The evidence of Mr. Andersson and Mr. Leander was that sailing the Yacht with the existing rig and an unmodified keel was not unsafe.
    • Did you know that Keith is actually going to sail his yacht in the Sydney to Hobart race?
    • The last I heard she was slowly sailing her yacht around Europe, a gargantuan task taking many summers.
    • Mr Green, 59, said he started sailing when he needed to get away from it all and helped sail a yacht from Greece to Holland, and hasn't looked back since.
    • Then Mr. Clegg sailed the Yacht with his wife and family on board on a cruise lasting about eight days to Falmouth, Alderney and back to Poole.
    • With a crewed charter, you don't have to worry about breakdowns or provisioning or getting checked out to sail the boat.
    • The user may choose from a variety of ships, or may sail a custom-made vessel.
    • Taylor said it was also the last time the liner's captain, Roger Knight, will sail a ship out of a port.
    • Many of her crew sail the ship in the film or were hired to train the cast in the running of the ship.
    • Looking forward to a few days sailing his yacht, moored off the island of Phuket, Crasnianski set sail into the Straits of Malacca on Christmas Day.
    • All tastes are catered for: you can sail a luxury yacht, play golf and dress up for dinner, or you can simply wander down to your local beach shack, sink a few Red Stripes and join an impromptu game of cricket.
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    (travel, cross)
    to sail the seven seas navegar por todos los océanos
    • she intends to sail the Atlantic single-handed piensa cruzar el Atlántico en solitario
    • Since then, the number of ships sailing a Gulf of Alaska itinerary has grown to at least a dozen in 2004.
    • The author provides readers with a way to travel around the world that recalls an earlier era - namely, sailing the high seas.
    • It wasn't until these areas were charted, the dangers known, and markets for goods discovered that private ships sailed the ocean to move goods around the planet.
    • That ship could sail the sea of Storms if it had to.
    • And their plan is to continue with the following cruise, and that ship will be probably the cleanest ship sailing the ocean.
    • The QE2 is a regular visitor and some of the Silversea ships, said to be the most expensive cruise ships sailing the oceans, make Dubai a regular port of call.
    • It's a disgrace that British-flagged ships should sail the seas carrying British exports but the crews are foreign.
    • Granuaile sailed the seas of Clew Bay and beyond in the 16th century and was known far and wide for her fearless attempts to hold on to the ancient Gaelic way of life.
    • However, it also led to fewer targets as many merchant ships in the area refused to sail the Sea of Marmora.
    • Power boats, he says, rely solely on an engine for propulsion and usually are not stable enough for sailing open seas.
    • It profiles more than 250 ships now sailing the high seas and previews liners preparing for maiden voyages.
    • Nobody should wish it any harm because, among others, its ship sails the oceans protecting whales and dolphins, seals and fish from over-exploitation.
    • If you ever get the chance to sail the seven seas on one of those deluxe cruise ships and admire the shiny modern interior, you could be looking at product from Pattaya.
    • A year later, his cooking had him sailing the seas on a cruise ship, where he worked as a galley steward.
    • More likely he sailed the seas as trader or humble fisherman.
    • The Tokugawa shoguns forbade the building of any ships large enough to sail the open ocean, and no one was allowed to leave the country.
    • It had been fun, pretending to be a captain of a great ship that sailed the high seas.
    • Cruises are available that go beyond the typical cruise you'd expect to find sailing the seven seas.

intransitive verb

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    • 1.1(travel)

      (boat/ship) navegar
      (person/passenger) ir en barco
      (person/passenger) navegar
      we watched as the yacht/cruiser sailed slowly out to sea miramos como el yate/crucero se hacía lentamente a la mar
      • how long does it take to sail to New York? ¿cuánto se tarda en ir a Nueva York en barco?
      • to sail around the world dar la vuelta al mundo en barco
      • I love to go sailing me encanta salir a navegar
      • It takes time for ships to sail from their home ports to deployment areas.
      • It was from here that Captain Cook sailed on the epic voyage which led to the discovery of Australia.
      • Navy vessels and spotter aircraft were also deployed by the British Government to monitor the BNFL ships as they sailed off the Irish coast.
      • As we sailed away from the harbour I realised how I was very fortunate to be one of the lucky few to be embarking on the challenge that lay ahead.
      • The ship left Fleet Base West in June, 2004 and deployed to Darwin for a month of intensive crew training, before sailing for the East Asian deployment.
      • The hardship that every Navy couple endures when faced with deployment was compounded by a medical diagnosis made just days before the ship sailed.
      • Amphibious assault ship HMS Bulwark has sailed for her first training programme under the White Ensign.
      • MEP Alyn Smith, sailed out of Mallaig harbour after signing up for a 48-hour fishing trip.
      • The 75-metre boat was due to sail from her home port of Stromness for the last time today.
      • The Windstar cruise ship that I sailed on used the same exact anchorage, which is off the island of Santorini.
      • The ship sailed for the Caribbean, but the infamous mutiny off Tonga resulted in Captain Bligh and a small party of loyal seamen being forced into a small boat, in which they made an epic journey to Timor.
      • The Taiwan boat and its two Taiwanese crew sailed from a port in Fujian and stayed at sea because of engine problems.
      • The average British sailor of those times was not very literate, and often his world was encompassed by the ship he sailed in, sometimes for years at a time.
      • Both British naval officers assumed that the engines were in working order as the ship had sailed at speed to Montevideo to escape the Ajax and Achilles.
      • Ships of the RAN will sail from Sydney Harbour to rendezvous with our international visitors off the coast.
      • A flotilla of more than 50 boats, yachts and lifeboats surrounded the magnificent ship as it sailed majestically into its home port.
      • Many of the crew had never sailed before with female sailors on board, so it was a new experience for all.
      • Eight years later two armed Russian ships sailed along the Hamgyong coast and killed a few Korean civilians before leaving the region.
      • The two ships sailed from Britain at the end of the summer, expecting to complete a maritime deployment which would bring them home in time for Christmas.
      • But then the unthinkable happened; the boat sailed off without him.
      • It will be the first time that the ship has sailed with the Duke's pennant flying.
      • This time it was China's turn, as a naval battle group of the People's Liberation Army, the largest ever to visit, sailed out of the harbour.
      • The ship, which sailed on February 11 to take up the job of Atlantic Patrol Task is expected back on August 18.
      • After the exercise the ship will sail to Palermo where she will berth with the rest of the STANAVFORMED warships.
      • The weekend was rounded off by a Families Day, with the ship sailing back from Shoreham to Portsmouth to prepare for summer leave.
      • Sblt Tielens sailed with the ship from his home port in Cairns to Darwin as part of the sailing ship's circumnavigation of the globe.
      • The Scottish Marine Vessel Nikki has completed her work in the harbour and has sailed to her home port.
      • In 1903, after being granted leave of absence for rest and recreation, she sailed for Japan on June 11 that year.
      • The assault ship, which has sailed for Exercise Argonaut in the Mediterranean, attracted thousands of visitors when she called at her affiliated town of Scarborough.
      • The cruise ship Aurora was last night due to sail on her next voyage, just hours after docking in Southampton.
      • Clipper ships sailed around South America and into the Pacific, carrying prospectors and immigrants.
      • There are skippers sailing out of Peterhead harbour on every trip knowing they have to clear more than #8000 each month before they move into profit from their voyage.
      • Despite sailing on a ship that rocks more than a bobble-head doll, most Sailors aboard MCMs refuse to serve on any other ship.
      • I joined Tarawa the day before she sailed from Pearl Harbour and, after a short mystery tour to find my cabin, set about trying to find employment.
      • The British fleet is now long gone from Malta: in 1979, H.M.S. London sailed out of Valletta harbour and the link between the Royal Navy and Malta came to an end.
      • Crew predicted the mission to the bottom of the world would prove hazardous even before the survey ship sailed from Portsmouth last October.
      • OC Chehaitly was able to discover that Hayel had been one of a 19-strong crew on a fishing boat which had sailed from Yemen two weeks previously.

    • 1.2(depart)

      (person/ship) zarpar
      (ship/person) salir

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    (move effortlessly)
    to sail into/out of a room entrar en/salir de una habitación con aire majestuoso
    • a swan sailed majestically by un cisne pasó deslizándose majestuosamente
    • the weeks just seem to sail past las semanas van pasando sin que uno se dé cuenta
    • He hit No.4 as the leadoff batter in the top of the tenth inning, the ball sailing over the right field screen barely inside the foul pole.
    • Generally speaking, things are sailing smoothly and so Mrs. Gao is not willing to disobey the official ideological demands or hints.
    • Finding the funding to get the plan off the ground was the most daunting task, but once launched, the Leeds International Film Festival sailed forth like a stately galleon.
    • The ball sailed smoothly into the air, suspended in time for a moment.
    • From a Craig Nelson kick the ball sailed the length of the pitch into the heart of the Celtic area.
    • Butler, who had now taken over the kicking duties from Feeney, looked to have struck the conversion well but into the difficult breeze, the ball sailed narrowly to the right.
    • But thanks to its new strategy, FedEx is sailing much more smoothly through this downturn.
    • For every film that sails smoothly into theatres, there are several getting re-routed to hell and back.
    • It often takes time and effort to keep a friendship sailing smoothly, but it's worth it.
    • His persistence in chasing down his own kick caught Hornets winger Cooper in two minds and before he'd time to blink, Cardoza had swept onto the loose ball and sailed away to the posts.
    • Bonds never moved in left field as the ball sailed far above him - a drive estimated at 434 feet.
    • Sometimes, it takes a show a couple of seasons to work, to iron out the kinks and start sailing smoothly.
    • In the turn, Lion Tamer moved four wide to sail past rivals and seize the lead in early stretch.
    • Barring any last-minute surprises, the trio should sail smoothly through the process.
    • And as the third sailed greenwards I began to think of that holiday in Thailand it seemed perfect but hit the front of the green and dropped into the water!
    • I watched as his hand sailed smoothly across his page and how comfortable he looked as he carefully shaded and added texture to his drawing.
    • Henson even had the audacity to try and drop a goal from two metres inside his own 10m line, but the ball sailed narrowly wide.
    • The javelin reached the top of its arc and began sailing down.
    • He didn't make it to the majors and I don't suppose I will either, but that's not what you think about when the ball comes sailing your way.
    • It sails smoothly throughout the majority of the running time but by the last few tracks, there is a feeling that things were wrapped up too hastily.