Definition of close reach in English:

close reach

Syllabification: close reach
Pronunciation: /ˌklōs ˈrēCH


  • A point of sailing in which the wind blows from slightly in front of the beam: we sailed on a close reach directly for Sharp’s Island
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    • We were on a close reach and it came charging at 20 knots plus across our bow.


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  • Sail with the wind from slightly in front of the beam.
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    • On the way to the show we close-reached at speeds in excess of 11 knots.
    • We had fresh east-northwest winds, so we close-reached along as I spent four hours jury-rigging the broken exhaust pipe with tin cans and chemical muffler bandages.
    • Her extra length, sail area and mast height would give her a quicker time off the start as we close-reached in cold water with the possibility of more wind aloft.

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