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- v. To deflect air into the back of a sail or of a vessel
- n. The flow of air so deflected
- v. To wind backwards.
Lithe and graceful, she was tall with chestnut skin and long black hair that swirled in the backwind of the rotors.
But the backwind from the old man's wings threw off the toss by just enough to make the adhesive device miss.
If he is too late in releasing the jib sheet, the sail will backwind and the helmsman will have difficulties in preventing the boat from oversteering.
When coming about, the crew releases the jib just as it starts to backwind and blow through the foretriangle—the space between the mast and forestay.
In many cases it is necessary to backwind the jib to bring the boat completely around onto the other tack.
Demonstrate how to blanket and backwind a competitor to your advantage while on the same tack on the windward leg of a race course.
That would not have been possible 40 years ago and it can happen because they feel the backwind of the public supporting their actions.