Definition of on the port or starboard tack in English:

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on the port (or starboard) tack

Sailing With the wind coming from the port (or starboard) side of the boat: as soon as the yacht is established on the starboard tack, the jib sheet is let fly
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  • We push on but our mainsail trim needs that runner on the port tack and we drop away a little from the class leaders.
  • The boat will turn almost 180° and you will find yourself back on the port tack you were on before the beginning of the maneuver.
  • It is also easy to just put yourself on a broad reach on the starboard tack any time you wish to use the spinnaker to go downwind.
See parent entry: tack
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