[ UK /mˈe‍ɪnse‍ɪl/ ]
  1. the lowermost sail on the mainmast
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How To Use mainsail In A Sentence

  • My greatest trouble has been delamination of my mainsail; it's falling apart. Times, Sunday Times
  • The foremasts carried square-rigged sails, while the mainmasts carried a fore-and-aft-rigged mainsail and square-rigged top sail.
  • Her head was tilted up, checking the luff of the mainsail, and she didn't notice him. CORMORANT
  • Your mainsail changes color if you are being blanketed or backwinded by a competitor.
  • A larger headsail and cruising spinnaker are nice to have for beam reaching and running in light air but many owners find the mainsail and 120% jib work just fine.
  • This was the first trial of our _sliding-gunter_ mainsail upon our singularly-constructed boat; and Bob and I were thrown into perfect raptures at the truly marvellous speed with which it propelled the craft along. For Treasure Bound
  • When the crossjack was replaced by a gaff, the larger vessels started the square mainsail, and became "brigs," while the smaller kept the spanker as their mainsail, and became "brigantines," so that a genuine old brigantine is a brig without a square mainsail. Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891
  • These days, the majority of new mainsails are designed with a loose-footed arrangement.
  • The British boat appeared to be in control of the fifth start when with 40 seconds to go the mainsail dropped when its halyard broke. Ben Ainslie's TeamOrigin cruising ahead of BMW Oracle in 1851 Cup
  • Other ships on the high-seas in the late 1700's and up to the end of the 1800's were the sloop, a single masted ship that could carry a mainsail, topsail and foresail.
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