One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rope by which the lee corner of a foresail is kept in place.
- ‘In fact, there were at most a few inches of slack in the offending foresheet, but the word panache might have been coined specifically for Captain Pitchallow, and Holderman knew better than to argue with him.’
- ‘Their sails tense in the wind, foresheets and sternsheets straining.’
- ‘As she comes to on the other side, ease the helm, trim down the foresheet, brace up and haul out.’
- ‘The pennant is eased and hardened just like a foresheet to tension or harden the luff of the gennaker.’
- ‘In the confusion Morel gives instructions to haul on the starboard foresheet, but because of this faulty manoeuvre the ship once more pays off towards the south and runs aground again.’
2foresheetsThe inner part of the bow of a boat.
- ‘If personnel are already in the foresheets they should carry out this duty as No 1 oarsmen continue to function at oars.’
- ‘In a jiffy I had slipped over the side, and curled up in the foresheets of the nearest boat, and almost at the same moment she shoved off.’
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