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The distance a sailing vessel will shoot up to windward when brought head to wind in the act of tacking. If a vessel has a good fore-reach, which is a function of its underbody design and its sailing speed at the time, it can sometimes be useful to make this distance to windward while remaining on the same tack, e.g. in those cases where it might mean rounding a mark or fetching a point without having to go about on the opposite tack, a tactic the J-class yachts were particularly good at. The term can also be used as a verb to indicate that a sailing vessel can make progress to windward when going about or heaving to.

See also fetch, to; pinch, to.

See also fetch, to; pinch, to.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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