Questions tagged [tacking]

Questions about tacking, i.e. switching from one tack to another while sailing

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Is there a point at which one is committed to a tack?

In the same Hornblower story that inspired this question, Hornblower tricks the French captain by acting as if to tack, but stopping and swinging back. When the French try to do the same they are ...
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How do you determine the optimum time to tack?

In one of the Hornblower novels, he is being pursued by a French frigate on the first day of war. During the chase, both the British and French ships are sailing upwind, and it is mentioned that the ...