Tacking a Proa

The outrigger, or "ama," is meant to be kept to windward at all times. Sailors will immediately recognize that this begets some curious handling; to tack, a proa must in effect perform a three-point turn, as shown in the illustration. This maneuver is known as "shunting," and if you’ve had some sailing experience you’ll find it not only easy to do but a fast way to change direction. Tacking a proa such that the ama is alternately to windward and then to leeward isn’t possible except in an emergency.

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