Close reach

What does "Close reach" mean?

Today it means: A point of sail.

A close reach is where the wind is coming from forward of the beam and, depending on the design of the boat, can be anywhere between 45 and 30 degrees to the wind. Sails would be set tight in.

Some boats can go "close hauled" which can be even closer to the wind.

See also: Beam reach  and: Broad reach  and: Reach

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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