When the sun and the moon are not all in a line with the Earth there is less influence on the sea and therefore less pull and tides are not so extreme. In a neap tide the water, in a river or the sea, will not fall or rise (the range) or flow as fast as they would in a spring tide. This occurs about two days after the first and last quarters of the moon.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Sailing Terms
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