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port tack

Syllabification: port tack

Definition of port tack in English:

noun

A sailboat’s heading when the wind is coming from the left, or port, side.
Example sentences
  • Atkinson added: ‘At the start, both Ferlet and myself got away cleanly on a port tack and with our speed we were well clear of the starboard tack competitors.’
  • Other front-runners such as N. S. Johal and Arjun Pradipak chose to strike a different path from the rest of the fleet, setting off on a port tack.
  • Near the top of the second beat, the three boats engaged in a fierce three-way tacking match near the port tack layline.

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