Broad reach

What does "Broad reach" mean?

Today it means: A point of sail with the wind abaft the beam.

When the wind is behind the beam of the boat and usually no greater than 120 degrees behind the boat then you are on a broad reach. If the wind were to get to an angle of greater than 120 degrees then there is a serious danger of a accidental gybe.

See also: Close reach  and: Beam reach  and: Reach

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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