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The condition of sailing when a vessel sails as close to the wind as possible with her sails full and drawing. To achieve this a square-rigger may brace her yards to between about 30° to 40° off her centreline and achieve a heading of about 55°–70° off the apparent wind. A fore-and-aft-rigged vessel with her sails sheeted in close to her centreline can point considerably closer to the wind while modern Bermudan-rigged racing yachts can sail closer than 30° to the apparent wind.

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