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Sailing Against the Wind

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1. How sails work
2. Points of sail
3. Apparent Wind
4. Sailing Against the Wind
5. How to Tack
6. How to Jibe
7. Knots

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How can a sailboat go against the wind? A very frequent question I'm asked. Here's the answer, not just how it's done but also why it works.

If the sailboat is moving, and "moving" is essential, you can sail upwind on a Close Reach or a Close Hauled point of sail. If the boat is not moving, it will go in the direction the sails pull it, which is somewhat downwind.

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