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 (hĕd′səl, -sāl′)
n. Nautical
A sail, such as a jib, set forward of a foremast.
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(ˈhɛdˌseɪl; ˈhɛdsəl)
(Nautical Terms) any sail set forward of the foremast
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(ˈhɛdˌseɪl; Naut. -səl)

any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
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Noun1.headsail - any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
sail, canvass, canvas, sheet - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
spinnaker - a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind
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At this moment, anchor broken out and headsails running up, Captain Van Horn, whose quick eye had missed no detail of the incident, with an order to the black helmsman turned to applaud Jerry.
Borckman and the black steersman echoed his words, and, as the wheel spun down, the Arangi, with the swiftness of a witch, rounded into the wind and attained a momentary even keel to the flapping of her headsails and a shifting of headsheets.
The dripping red headsails of a bark glided out of the fog, and the "We're Here" rang her bell thrice, using sea shorthand.
Meanwhile, seasoned boater and associate of Headsail Inc., Rafael 'Apa' Ongpin, cited the case of Thailand which started its maritime tourism some 20 years ago.
Angelo Olondriz, president of Headsail Inc., said on Tuesday that the country 'has an inherent potential to be a world leader in leisure boating.'
Wild Oats XI had closed the gap during the morning despite ripping the top out of the headsail most suited to the conditions.
Simon Speirs was helping change a headsail on British yacht CV30 in heavy seas when he was swept overboard.
Everybody is sailing really well." In what is becoming a tight-knit crew, Greenhalgh and Robertson are closely in tune with experienced Omani bowman Nasser Al Mashari and Oman Air regulars James Wierzbowski and Ed Smyth, on bow and headsail duties respectively aboard the high-speed foiling catamarans.
He said the team -- which includes mainsheet trimmer and tactician Pete Greenhalgh, headsail trimmer Ed Smyth and bowman James Wierzbowski -- would make sure they come out of the blocks when racing resumes in Madeira next month.
Headsail President Angelo Olondriz said that imported boats are slapped with 100 percent to 150 percent percent tax because they are considered luxury items.
With her classic lines and distinctive red headsail, Gemini is a familiar sight off the coast of Barcelona.
"It was found to be drifting gradually shorewards under a headsail alone, half a mile off the coast between Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan."