Definition of in (or under) full sail in English:

in (or under) full sail


  • With all the sails in position or fully spread.

    ‘a galleon in full sail’
    • ‘I remembered when my father once climbed those rings when we were moving under full sail to free some tangled rigging aloft.’
    • ‘When the ship was under full sail, he described the experience as ‘very exhilarating and very different compared to listening to diesel engines’.’
    • ‘Fishing boats were to be seen returning with their catch and the sight of a Galway Hooker under full sail as it skimmed over the water brought a memorable day to a close.’
    • ‘There is the image of the delightful, askew outhouse with tethered horse dressing up a receiver hitch as well as an elegant sailboat in full sail, and bull riders, cowboy hats and numerous others.’
    • ‘We stopped at Ranworth village for an ice-cream, feeling the superiority and relief of successfully mooring under full sail beneath the critical gaze of the crews of the engine-driven, plastic boats.’
    • ‘My favourite memory of a tall ship is standing at the helm of the Lord Nelson under full sail, feeling her heel over in a stiff breeze until her port deck was awash.’
    • ‘Behind the two women was painted a galleon in full sail, racing away from a large palace overlooking the shore of a tropical island.’
    • ‘These ships when in full sail could travel faster, and carry a bigger cargo, than the ordinary ship.’
    • ‘As we passed the channel buoy we saw coming into the harbour an ancient two-master under full sail.’
    • ‘Soon they were sailing away under full sail, on their way to the Lost Island.’