to tack (a vessel in a precarious situation) by dropping the lee anchor as soon as the wind is out of the sails, then cutting the cable when the ship swings off onto the new tack
Origin of clubhaulfrom naut. club (to drift with anchor dragging) + haul
(third-person singular simple present clubhauls, present participle clubhauling, simple past and past participle clubhauled)
- (nautical) To force a sailing vessel to change tack by dropping the lee-anchor and hauling in the anchor cable to swing the stern to windward.