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A sailing vessel falls off when it sags away to leeward or further off the wind. It is the opposite to griping, and similarly requires the movement of ballast inside the vessel to correct the tendency. The shifting of ballast forward to trim the vessel by the head gives a greater grip of the water in the bows and thus less tendency to sag away from the wind.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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