What does "Backing" mean?

Today it means: To stop a sail working or a change of wind direction.

The reverse of a full and working sail is one that has been backed. Backing a jib (foresail) is a handy way sailors use to bring the bow (front of a ship) around through the wind a little bit quicker. The word is also used to describe a change of wind direction anti-clockwise.


By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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