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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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Fifteen minutes passed, the Reindeer sinking deeper and deeper, her mainsail flapping in the calm.
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.
"Because of the conditions the fleet sailed with reefed smaller mainsails, which was not a good sail configuration for us," said Extreme Sailing Series veteran Greenhalgh.
The impressive ship has three masts over 35 metres tall; 1000 sq metres of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail, staysails, jibs), spanning three decks.
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.
MODEL First Carbon 40 Edition DESIGNER Farr / Nauta LOA 12.58 metres (41 feet) BEAM 3.89 metres ENGINE 40 hp sail drive FUEL 130 litres WATER 200 litres SAIL AREA Mainsails 50[m.sup.2], Genoa (106%) 40.5[m.sup.2], Asymmetric spinnaker 147[m.sup.2] DISPLACEMENT 7,900 kg (GTE) BALLAST 2,925 kg PRICE $450,000 [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Conwy MP Betty Williams and TV presenter and choral chief Alwyn Humphreys will also be there flapping like mainsails in the wind.
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.
I've pounded mainsails into submission as I furled them on many booms, never dreaming that a hollow mast could simplify life.
"Firstly we focused on mainsails with the goal of setting up the respective mainsails so they flew the same shape, checking both from onboard and the coach boat, with photos of sectional shapes taken for later cross-reference.