10 most difficult sailing riddles A list of ten (out of 19) sailing related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Sailing quiz Who was the first European navigator to reach Australia?Willem Janszoon. Janszoon reached the Gulf of Carpentaira (north of Australia) and made a landfall in 1606. However, he found the land swampy and the people inhospitable. He called the land he had discovered “Nieu Zeland” after the Dutch province of Zeeland, but the name was not adopted and was later used by Abel Tasman for New Zealand.very hard 21% Francis DrakeFrancis Drake30%John CabotJohn Cabot16%Willem JanszoonWillem Janszoon21%Abel TasmanAbel Tasman31%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4688 answers in 4 languages »Age of Discovery riddles » What is the strongest sea current?Antarctic Circumpolar Current. This cold sea current circulates the globe in the far south. It creates a zone of very strong winds and storms, by which sailing Cape Horn is such a challenge for sailors. Depth of current exceeds 3000 m.very hard 24% Antarctic Circumpolar CurrentAntarctic Circumpolar Current24%Equatorial Counter CurrentEquatorial Counter Current12%Gulf StreamGulf Stream42%North Atlantic CurrentNorth Atlantic Current20%Created by: Katarzyna Dąbrowska. Statistics based on 4963 answers in 2 languages »seas riddles » Which country was ruled by William the Sailor King?United Kingdom. During his youth, it was not expected that William, being the third son, would became a king. He served in the Royal Navy in the Caribbean. He inherited the throne at the age of 64, after his two elder brothers died without leaving legitimate successors.very hard 31% PortugalPortugal41%SpainSpain12%United KingdomUnited Kingdom31%NorwayNorway14%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 7193 answers in 3 languages »kings of Europe riddles » In sailing, which of these does not belong to the great capes?Cape Hafun. In sailing, the great capes are three major capes of the continents in the Southern Ocean — Africa's Cape of Good Hope, Australia's Cape Leeuwin, and South America's Cape Horn. Cape Hafun is the extreme eastern point of Africa, not included in the list.very hard 32% Cape LeeuwinCape Leeuwin45%Cape HornCape Horn11%Cape HafunCape Hafun32%Cape of Good HopeCape of Good Hope9%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 2665 answers in 2 languages »geography riddles » Where was John Cabot from? (the discoverer of Newfoundland and Labrador)From Italy. John Cabot (Italian: Giovanni Caboto, Venetian: Zuan Chabotto) was a Venetian navigator and explorer whose 1497 discovery of the coast of North America under the commission of Henry VII of England was the first European exploration of the mainland of North America. very hard 33% from Englandfrom England24%from Francefrom France16%from Italyfrom Italy33%from Irelandfrom Ireland25%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 1915 answers in 2 languages »geographic discoveries riddles » Who was the first European navigator to reach Brazil?Pedro Álvares Cabral. On 15 February 1500, Cabral was appointed a commander of a fleet sailing for India. he fleet crossed the Equator on 9 April, and sailed westward as far as possible from the African continent in what was known as the volta do mar (literally "turn of the sea") navigational technique. They landed in a land they took for an unknown island and named Ilha de Vera Cruz (Island of the True Cross), which in fact was Brazil.very hard 34% Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus12%Bartolomeu DiasBartolomeu Dias24%Pedro Álvares CabralPedro Álvares Cabral34%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci28%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 8840 answers in 2 languages »history of South America riddles » What is a topping lift?A rope running from the boom to the top of the mast. The topping lift (more rarely known as an uphaul) is a line which applies upward force on a boom on a sailboat. Part of the running rigging, topping lifts are primarily used to hold a boom up when the sail is lowered. This line would run from near the free end of the boom forward to the top of the mast. The line may be run over a block at the top of the mast and down to the deck to allow it to be adjusted. very hard 34% a rope running from the boom to the top of the masta rope running from the boom to the top of the mast34%rope used to pull the sail on the mastrope used to pull the sail on the mast18%stabilizing rope of the yacht maststabilizing rope of the yacht mast32%rope on which the sail of the seal rope on which the sail of the seal 14%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 1867 answers in 2 languages » What sound can be heard when approaching an iceberg?A fizz. When a piece of iceberg ice melts, it makes a fizzing sound called "Bergie Seltzer". This sound is made when the water-ice interface reaches compressed air bubbles trapped in the ice. As this happens, each bubble bursts, making a 'popping' sound. The bubbles contain air trapped in snow layers very early in the history of the ice, that eventually got buried to a given depth (up to several kilometers) and pressurized as it transformed into firn then to glacial ice.very hard 35% a cracking noisea cracking noise46%a fizza fizz35%a roara roar7%a whispera whisper10%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 9496 answers in 5 languages »ice riddles » Both of these ships have Union Flag in the upper left corner of their banners, but one of the ensigns is red, while the other is blue. Why?Red is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admirality. A British ensign in British maritime law may have with either a red, white or blue field, dependent on whether the vessel is civilian, naval, or in a special category. These are known as the red, white, and blue ensigns respectively.very hard 38% red is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admiralityred is a civillian ship, blue is authorised by the Admirality38%red is British, Blue is Australianred is British, Blue is Australian27%red is East India Companyred is East India Company20%red is a flagshipred is a flagship13%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 454 answers »Royal Navy riddles » What is the name of the James Cook Barque during his first expedition? (discovert of the south-east coast of Australia)The Endeavour. HMS Endeavour was a British Royal Navy research vessel that Lieutenant James Cook commanded on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand, from 1769 to 1771. In April 1770, Endeavour became the first ship to reach the east coast of Australia, when Cook went ashore at what is now known as Botany Bay. Endeavour then sailed north along the Australian coast. very hard 39% The Australia The Australia 13%The ChristineThe Christine25%The EndeavourThe Endeavour39%The Freedom of the SeasThe Freedom of the Seas22%Created by: Tschuka . Statistics based on 1200 answers in 2 languages »discoverers riddles » Play sailing quiz and see all the questions.