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afterguard (plural afterguards)
- (sailing) The members of a yacht's crew who attend to the aft sails
2007 July 3, Christopher Clarey, “A Familiar Foe Blocks New Zealand’s Path”, New York Times:
- This is his sixth Cup campaign but his first as skipper, a position he inherited after the helmsman Russell Coutts, Butterworth’s longtime alter ego in the afterguard, bolted from Alinghi in 2004.