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vang

 (văng)
n. Nautical
1. A set of tackle running from the base of a sailboat's mast to a point partway out on the boom, used to control the curvature of the sail.
2. A rope running from the peak of a gaff to a ship's rail or mast, used to steady the gaff.

[Dutch, a catch, from vangen, to catch; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

vang

(væŋ)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a rope or tackle extended from the boom of a fore-and-aft mainsail to a deck fitting of a vessel when running, in order to keep the boom from riding up
2. (Nautical Terms) a guy extending from the end of a gaff to the vessel's rail on each side, used for steadying the gaff
[C18: from Dutch, from vangen to catch]

vang

(væŋ)

n.
a rope extending from the peak of a gaff to the ship's rail or to a mast, used to steady the gaff.
[1760–70; < Dutch: device for securing something; compare vanglijn bow rope =vang + lijn line]
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Small jibs and loose boom vangs were the order of the day as a pumping sea breeze that topped 20 knots saw Artemis win all six races.
For example, Siandra was an early to use boom vangs and in the days when all spinnakers were set in stops, she was the first on Sydney Harbour to set them flying.