Definition of broad reach in English:

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broad reach



A point of sailing in which the wind blows over a boat’s quarter, between the beam and the stern: on a broad reach they are magnificent craft
More example sentences
  • Her performance off the wind is very good, and the full keel and centerboard make the boat easy to balance and comfortable to sail on beam and broad reaches.
  • However, many sailboats are significantly faster sailing on a broad reach than running (sailing straight downwind), so the increased speed of a zig-zag course of alternating broad reaches can make up for the extra distance it takes over a straight downwind course.
  • On reaches and broad reaches this contributes lots of downward pressure on the hull(s), and particularly the bow(s).


(broad-reach) [no object]
Sail on a broad reach.
Example sentences
  • The start was really spectacular, with the cruisers and three dinghies setting spinnakers as all 53 boats broad-reached toward the eastern end of Spike, a fast passage with the last of the flood.
  • We broad-reached into Broadhaven in the glow of a moody golden sunset.
  • The next day we broad reached with the spinnaker and by night fall we motored with no sails.

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