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Courses of a sailboat relative to the direction of the wind; the sailboat navigates portside or starboardside, depending on which side the wind is coming from.
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on the wind wind beam reach on the wind beam reach on the wind close hauled headwind wind abeam close reach down wind full and by broad reach beam reach

on the wind click to hear : on the wind

Points of sailing in between a headwind and a close reach that are used especially when tacking; the sails are near the boat’s center line.

wind click to hear : wind

Displacement of air caused by variations in pressure between two regions of the atmosphere.

beam reach click to hear : beam reach

Points of sailing in between a full and by and a down wind; the sails swing farther and farther from the boat’s center line.

on the wind click to hear : on the wind

Points of sailing in between a headwind and a close reach that are used especially when tacking; the sails are near the boat’s center line.

beam reach click to hear : beam reach

Points of sailing in between a full and by and a down wind; the sails swing farther and farther from the boat’s center line.

on the wind click to hear : on the wind

Point of sailing of a sailboat sailing against the wind, with its sail at an angle of about 45°.

close hauled click to hear : close hauled

Point of sailing of a sailboat traveling near the wind’s eye (axis), with its sail at an angle of about 45°; close hauled is the limit of sailing against the wind.

headwind click to hear : headwind

Wind blowing against the sailboat’s course; it is impossible to make headway.

wind abeam click to hear : wind abeam

Point of sailing of a sailboat traveling at right angles to the wind.

close reach click to hear : close reach

Point of sailing in which the sailboat comes up against the wind, with its sail at an angle of about 70°.

down wind click to hear : down wind

Point of sailing of a boat going in the same direction as the wind.

full and by click to hear : full and by

Point of sailing of a sailboat going against the wind, with its sail at an angle of about 60°.

broad reach click to hear : broad reach

Fastest point of sailing, in between a beam reach and a down wind; the angle between the boat and the eye (axis) of the wind is wide.

beam reach click to hear : beam reach

Point of sailing in between a wind abeam and a broad reach; the sailboat navigates by following the wind at an angle of about 135°.