One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of two guy ropes running from the end of a gaff to opposite sides of the deck.
- ‘If the vang is on tight and the wind drops be sure to ease it to maintain good mainsail trim.’
- ‘Especially in heavy winds, ease the vang an inch or two for the reach.’
Mid 18th century: variant of obsolete fang, denoting a gripping device, from Old Norse fang ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin.
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