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Points of sail

See also: Wikipedia:Point of sail

  • A. In Irons (into the wind) — 0° TWA
  • B. Close Hauled — 30-40° TWA
  • C. Beam Reach — 90° TWA
  • D. Broad Reach — ~135° TWA
  • E. Running — 180° TWA
Bear away
Changing course to increase the TWA. After changing tack a skipper will often bear away a few degrees below a close-hauled point of sail in order to accelerate to maximum hull speed before gradually heading up to a close-hauled point of sail.
Head up
Changing course to decrease the TWA. When running before the wind and after a gybe a skipper will often head up a few degrees above the optimum TWA for fastest VMG in order to accelerate to maximum hull speed before gradually heading down to that optimal TWA for a run.

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