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Re: What's in a word

Interesting.. If our windex is pointing straight abeam, I'd consider myself on a beam reach.. but that's apparent wind.. DDW it shouldn't make any difference.. If the windex is pointing at the tabs I feel we're in broad reach territory (again apparent).

While most boats have to contend with at least the 90 deg 'no go', boats sailing at the 45 deg limit would be close hauled, but at that time the apparent wind will likely be closer to 30 deg (one hopes), so in that respect both descriptions would indicate 'close hauled'.

Seems it's a bit easier and more logical to use apparent wind underway, as that's what we 'see' on our indicators. For us this is all a bit moot - our destination seems to be dead upwind 90% of the time....

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