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    tack towards the docks

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    A rugby team runs drills on the grass, as out on the bay, six tiny racing sloops tack toward the docks.

    tack towards the docks = lay aboard

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: tack towards the docks

    Hi Vil

    A sailing boat can't sail directly into the wind.

    Instead, what they do is to "tack" (sail at an angle towards the wind) and the combination of the wind and the rudder enables them to "tack" to the left then right across the direction of the wind, in a zig-zag course that enable them (effectively) to travel against the direction of the wind.

    Hop this helps


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