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A term applied in fore-and-aft-rigged sailing craft to indicate the jib or staysail being boomed out on the opposite side to the mainsail in a following wind to present the largest possible area of sail to the wind. The assumption when this happens is that the vessel concerned does not carry, or does not wish to set, a spinnaker, which is the most efficient means of getting the most out of a following wind in a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel.

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