port tack

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The situation of a sailing vessel with her sails trimmed for a wind which comes over her port side. Although the verb to tack postulates a vessel sailing close hauled, a vessel on any point of sailing is on the port tack if the wind comes over her port side. However, if the wind is coming from abaft the beam on the port side of a fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel it is sometimes said that she is on the port gybe.

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