So they ran before it largely till the bows were pressed right under, and it was no human poser that saved the gybe.
gybe, or Jibe, to; to shift over the boom of a fore-and-aft sail.
The Phantom had to come about, and get on the right tack, for Guilford was too careful to gybe in that wind.
"agree, fit," 1813, of unknown origin, perhaps a figurative extension of earlier jib, gybe (v.) "shift a sail or boom" (see jib). OED, however, suggests a phonetic variant of chime, as if meaning "to chime in with, to be in harmony." Related: Jibed; jibes; jibing.
1560s, perhaps from Middle French giber "to handle roughly," or an alteration of gaber "to mock."