There are different terms of reaching - these being 'close reach', 'beam reach' and 'broad reach'. Reaching is the act of sailing when you are sailing slightly off the wind (not close hauled) but you are not sailing with the wind directly behind you either (running). A close reach is when you are not sailing as close to the wind as you could, you have let out the mainsail a little to catch the wind and you can raise the centreboard a little. Beam reach is when the boat is at 90 degrees to the wind, and broad reaching is the point between beam reach and a run, this is the fastest point of sailing.

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