Definition of close-hauled in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (of a ship) with the sails hauled aft to sail close to the wind.

    • ‘On the water, however, sailing close-hauled may feel faster, primarily because the boat is heeling over, but you move more quickly in the upright position, running before the wind.’
    • ‘Sailing in nearly the opposite direction, that is, tacking close-hauled into this headwind, is a French ship.’
    • ‘The third race proved the most exciting with some contestants taking a close-hauled course to the windward mark and others taking the faster, but longer, broader course.’