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The seaman's term for the run or distance made on a single tack by a sailing vessel. Thus, when making for a point directly to windward, a sailing vessel will sail legs of equal length on each tack alternately; if the required course is not directly to windward but still higher than the vessel can fetch in a single tack, it will sail by means of long and short legs alternately.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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