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To bring the bows of a sailing ship onto the required tack, just as the anchor is leaving the ground on being weighed. This is done by hauling on the sheet of a foresail so that the wind will force the bows off in the required direction. When there is insufficient wind to cast with a headsail but a tide is running, it is often possible to cast onto the required tack by putting the helm over and letting the force of the tide act on the rudder to turn the bows.

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