Originally Posted by Sabreman
'Cause that's the terminology.
When crossing the wind while going to windward, it's a tack.
Lets say there is no wind and I have a tanker coming down on me. I know he is not going to change his course or tack but for me I need to change course or tack so I turn on the motor and set a new tack. I don't know if I did a gybe or tack. My problem with tacking is it has more meanings. I prefer to call out "come about".