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mainsail

Nautical the largest and lowermost sail on the mainmast

mainsail

[′mān·səl]
(naval architecture)
The principal sail of a sailing vessel, carried on the mainmast.

MAINSAIL

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But he was deflected by the crash of the mainsheet blocks on the stout deck- traveller, as the mainsail, emptied of the wind and feeling the wind on the other side, swung crazily across above him.
But, the succeeding fraction of a moment, so that Jerry, leaping, missed even the shadow of it, the mainsail, with a second crash of blocks on traveller, had swung across and filled on the other tack.
But hardly had I begun, when the boom swung overhead, the mainsail filled with a jerk, and the Reindeer heeled over.
Fifteen minutes passed, the Reindeer sinking deeper and deeper, her mainsail flapping in the calm.
We must try to haul this mainsail close up," I said.
The deck was a wilderness of smashed timber, lying crosswise like trees in a wood after a hurricane; an immense curtain of soiled rags waved gently before me--it was the mainsail blown to strips.
As catamaran mainsails generally aren't roller furled, the mainsail can often be a challenge for short-handed sailors, but on the plus side it's a very stable platform to work on.
A GROUP of youngsters who didn't know their gunwales from their mainsails until a few days ago will this week be taking part in a prestigious sailing event.
The GBR crew had been changing mainsails, responding to a changing breeze, when the five-minute gun sounded, catching them unaware.
The dichotomy of a comfortable sailing life however requires extensive systems to be used, such as water makers - to keep endless hot showers and dishwashers going, in-mast furling mainsails, electric winches, generators and many other add-ons, which means the sail away price can soar to six figures upwards for a complete escape capsule.
Conwy MP Betty Williams and TV presenter and choral chief Alwyn Humphreys will also be there flapping like mainsails in the wind.
I've pounded mainsails into submission as I furled them on many booms, never dreaming that a hollow mast could simplify life.