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starboard tack


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

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