What does "Gybe" mean?

Today it means: To tack with the stern of the boat passing through the wind.

Turning or tacking the boat when on a broad reach is usually done by turning away from the windward side so that the wind direction passes to the other side behind you. This is called a gybe.

Gybing a boat should always be done slowly and carefully to prevent to boom swinging violently with possible injury to the crew. Always sheet in first.

See also: Broad reach  and: Beam reach  and: Berth

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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