PostHeaderIcon Tight Reaching

Tight reaching — a point of sail where a boat is sailing towards the wind but lower (i.e., farther from the wind) than close-hauled. If a boat is sailing towards the 12:00 position, the wind is coming from between either 1:30 and 2:45 or 9:15 and 10:30. A boat on a tight reach would have her jib eased slightly and her boom up to a quarter of the way leeward of the boat’s centerline. Also known as close reaching, fine reaching, or shy reaching. See also: barber hauler, power reaching, and reaching sheet.

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