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The defining moment arrived in the 89th minute when Rhyl striker Lee Hunt - who had sailed close to the wind with referee Neil Jones all afternoon - was red-carded for his second bookable offence.
Other brands which have sailed close to the wind this year include Beverage Brands' WKD, which came under fire for causing "serious and widespread offence".
And the presenter sailed close to the wind with a crude gag on playing football on pitches covered with landmines.
Both claimed freedom for their people, both sailed close to the wind in public statements about government actions, were interrogated frequently by security forces and had their passports cancelled.
Nick Brown's Christmas card sailed close to the wind
to TYRONE have done well to regroup after their Ulster SFC loss to Donegal but they have sailed close to the wind against opposition that are a level or two below what's coming tomorrow.
In fact, they sailed close to the wind at times as waves of red washed over them.
In a stinging attack on the Barclays board, the Bank governor said Barclays sailed close to the wind too often, but claimed he was unaware of deliberate wrong-doing until weeks ago when the full scale of the Barclays scandal came to light.
The reigning champion sailed close to the wind in his openinground five-set victory over John Isner but he waltzed into the last 16 with a 6-1 6-3 6-0 demolition of Croatian qualifier Antonio Veic.