One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On reaches and broad reaches this contributes lots of downward pressure on the hull(s), and particularly the bow(s).’
- ‘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.’
Sail on a broad reach.
- ‘We broad-reached into Broadhaven in the glow of a moody golden sunset.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The next day we broad reached with the spinnaker and by night fall we motored with no sails.’
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