Heave-to

Heave-to. A sailboat can lie heaved-to almost indefinitely. Heaving to requires the sails to be set so that their forces counteract each other: the push from one sail being opposite to the other has the effect of holding the boat stationary. Different boats accomplish this in different ways: Impérieuse would probably use one sail on each of the fore, main and mizzen masts, all set at counteracting angles; Bit-by-Bit uses the main sail set normally and the genoa set in the backwind or reverse position.

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