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Learn How to Sail a Small Sailboat – 4. Tacking and Gybing

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Tacking – Head Up
Tacking Step 1

Photo © Tom Lochhaas - sailor Tom Gynan

In this photo the boat is ready to tack. It is sailing well close hauled on the starboard tack. “Starboard tack” means the wind is coming over the boat from the starboard side. In this photo the wind is coming from the right.

Remember: the boat needs to be moving well if it is to tack well. If it is moving very slowly, it could stall completely as you turn into the wind.

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