One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverbSailing
(of a ship) with the sails hauled aft to sail close to the wind.
- ‘The third race proved the most exciting with some contestants taking a close-hauled course to the windward mark and others taking the faster, but longer, broader course.’
- ‘Sailing in nearly the opposite direction, that is, tacking close-hauled into this headwind, is a French ship.’
- ‘On the water, however, sailing close-hauled may feel faster, primarily because the boat is heeling over, but you move more quickly in the upright position, running before the wind.’
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