The kicking strap, also known as the kicker and the vang are used to hold the boom down to counter the effect of the wind filling the sail and lifting the boom. If the sail were allowed to lift, the sail would change shape and loose efficiency by spilling wind.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Sailing Terms
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