Skipper Petra Kliba

Skipper Petra Kliba

Nautical Term:

back (v)


1) To catch the wind on the forward side of the sail, as in: "To heave to, I put the helm over and back the staysail."
2) To change wind direction in a counter clockwise direction with the movement of weather systems, often a sign of storm. "The wind is backing into the east."

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