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Mainsail

Sail hoisted on the aft side of the main mast


Pronounced "Mainsul"


Batten Pocket

Pockets in a Sail where battens can be placed to stiffen the Sail

Cunningham

Line controlling tension on sail's luff


Jib/Genoa, headsail, foresail

Sail carried on the headstay or forestay.

Bolt Rope

A Line - sewn into the Luff of a Sail




On smaller craft the Bolt Rope fits in a notch in the Mast or other Spar when the Sail is raised

Traveler

Small fittings that slide on a rod or line. The most common use is for the inboard end of the mainsheet;



Side to side with line to boom


Tack

1 with the wind coming over one side or the other




2 to change tacks by heading up until the sails swing across the boat




3 the corner of a sail attached to the deck or a mast

Running Rigging

Rigging lines that are adjustable while sailing - controls the sails

Hank

Small snap hook that secures the jib luff to the headstay

Small snap hook that secures the jib luff to the headstay

Head

Top Corner of a Sail

Halyard

A line or wire rope that hoists a sail and keeps it up

Bottom Topping Lift


A line or wire that holds up a boom or spinnaker pole



Holds the boom down to keep the sail from twisting off and spilling wind


Clew

The after lower corner of a mailsail, jib or mizzen, and either lower corner of a spinnaker

Mainsheet

Line that controls the position of the mainsail

Telltale

Small wind indicator (yarn or ribbon) attached to the sail or shrouds to help determine sail trim

Luff

Forward edge of the sail


Bubbling or flapping in a sail

Jibsheets

A sheet (line) used to control the position of the jib. The jib has two sheets, and at any time one is the working sheet and the other is the lazy sheet

Roller Furler

Equipment to roll a sail to store it




A general term for jibs or headsails which can be rolled around their own Luffs, whether for reefing or just for furling. The first, using a wooden Luff spare turning on a wire threaded through its length, was introduced by Captain du Boulay in 1887. Modern versions of the same idea use an aluminum alloy spar. Both these kinds may be used for reefing – that’s to say with the sail partially deployed. The all-or-nothing furling gears have wire at the luff, as in the Wykeham Martin gear.

Foot

Bottom edge of the sail

Boom Vang

Line tension control (tackle or rod) from the boom bottom to the mast - restrains the boom from lifting

Shackle

A metal hook that secures a line to another object



A metal link which can be opened or closed. The most common is U-shaped and is called a D-shackle, the open part of the U being closed by a threaded pin.


Leech

the aft edge of a mailsail, jib or mizzen and both sides of a spinnaker

Outhaul

A sail control that secures the clew of a boomed sail and adjusts tension along its foot



An outhaul is a line which is part of the running rigging of a sailboat, used to extend a sail and control the shape of the curve of the foot of the sail. It runs from the clew (the back corner of the sail) to the end of the boom. The line is pulled taut to the appropriate tension to provide the desired shape to the foot and then secured to a cleat on the boom.

Batten

Wood or plastic slat inserted in the leech of a sail

Downhaul

A line that holds an object down




The downhaul is a line which is part of the rigging on a sailboat; it applies downward force on a spar or sail.

Parts of a sail

Head: Top of the Sail.


Tack: Front lower corner of the sail.


Foot: Bottom of the sail


Luff: Forward edge of the sail


Leech: Back edge of the sail


Clew: Bottom back corner of the sail.

Preventer

Line rigged from the boom to deck that prevents the boom from swinging across the boat accidently.