During any major sporting event, innocent bystanders can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the jargon.
The America's Cup promises to continue that dubious tradition.
As the challengers begin their battle for the right to take on Emirates Team NZ for the 'Auld Mug' off Auckland in March, sailing terminology will very quickly become part of Kiwi vernacular.
You'll need to know the difference between jibing and tacking, foils and splashdowns... but what the heck does mowing lawns have to do with yachts?
Determined not to be left behind, Newshub entertainment reporter Monika Barton sought enlightenment from resident sporting guru Michael O'Keeffe, who had most of the answers.
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