One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
With no sail set.‘if it really blows you'll end up under bare poles’
- ‘It's powering under bare poles on a day which is ideal for all sail aloft and, unless I've forgotten what she looks like, that's surely Crusty Lady Lily heading for the Gap.’
- ‘Sails were down and it was running under bare poles before the wind.’
- ‘Even under bare poles a sailboat will heel right over, at least to decks awash, in hurricane force conditions.’
- ‘It was indeed the coldest day that Challenger had yet experienced and in the violent seas she lay to under bare poles, just trying to survive.’
- ‘Moreover, economic storms can sometimes bring fortune to those who can ride with them provided they can still steer a course when driven under bare poles.’
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