One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sheet used for controlling and trimming the mainsail of a sailing boat.
- ‘Most 28s have tiller steering that is easily put out of the way at anchor and the mainsheet attaches aft of the cockpit so as to not interfere with passengers.’
- ‘I've been passed more than once on the race course by a Laser sailor with a mainsheet clinched firmly in his teeth while I was fiddling to get something positioned just right.’
- ‘He let go the mainsheet - then reached over and released the halyard for the mainsail - which lowered the boom.’
- ‘‘Let's go,’ Scully calls, orchestrating a jury rig to handle the sail while he splices in a new mainsheet.’
- ‘It once again tries blowing over, and I think someone else came over and uncleated the mainsheet.’
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