beam wind

beam wind

[′bēm ‚wind]
(navigation)
Nautical term for a crosswind, especially a wind blowing 90° from a ship's heading.
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We sailed with a beam wind along the shore, searching the coves with our glasses and landing occasionally, without finding a sign of human life.
We hit breezy weather in the Grenadines so we ran south with just about everything up - perhaps 56,000 sq ft of sail from four jibs at the sharp end to the gallants and royals billowing out in a beam wind at the mast-tops.