Turn your vessel through the wind

What does "Turn your vessel through the wind" mean?

Today it means: Tacking your boat, coming about.

If you are sailing your boat with the wind either slightly forward of your beam (right angle to your boat) or slightly off going straight into it (beam reach to close reach) then you must "turn your boat through the wind" if you want to change direction. This is called "tacking" or "coming about". If you sail too close to the wind (luffing) you are in danger of carrying out an accidental tack or "heaving too".

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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