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How do ships sail into the wind?
February 05, 2010 9:53PM
By a method called tacking. The vessal moves in a zig zag like pattern to make head way. A sailing boat can not sail into the wind in a straight line.
In a zig-zag pattern shifting from port to starboard.
I have the older version, actually. Mine is from around the time Christopher Colombus sailed to the Indies.
They used a triangular sail and a square sail that could sail into the wind. The square sail sailed with the wind and the triangular one sailed against it. These ships are called Caravels.