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The Manoeuvres

Heaving to

A boat is said to be ‘hove to’ when it is stopped at sea, but remains manoeuvrable and under central of the tiller and sails. The manoeuvre is executed as follows.

The boat is brought close to wind, before going about with main and jib sheets left hauled in. The jib sets ‘aback’ and the forces on mainsail and jib move contrary to one another. The boat will then, with some sail trim, ‘forereach’ very slowly at right angles to the wind.

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