1) The point of sail away from the direction from which the apparent wind blows. If a boat is headed towards the 12:00 position, the wind is coming from anywhere between the 5:00 and 7:00 positions, i.e., you’re sailing greater than 135-degrees off the wind. Her jib is eased all the way out and set opposite the boom (See also: wing and wing) or she is flying an asymmetrical or symmetrical spinnaker. Her boom is set all the way out to the leeward shrouds. The apparent wind speed, the speed of the wind that flows over the boat, is lower than the true wind speed, because the boat is sailing away from the wind. Boat speed and wind speed cancel each other out. See also: reaching sheet. In more traditional nautical terms, sailing on this point of sail was referred to as sailing before the wind. Compare to: beam reach, broad reach, close-hauled, close reaching and DDW. 2) To allow a line to feed freely is to let it run. See also: blow.


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