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The rope that controls the angle at which a mainsail is trimmed and set.
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(Nautical Terms) nautical the line used to control the angle of the mainsail to the wind
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a sheet of a mainsail.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mainsheet - (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the windmainsheet - (nautical) a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
futtock shroud - shroud that is part of a ship's rigging
line - something (as a cord or rope) that is long and thin and flexible; "a washing line"
ship - a vessel that carries passengers or freight
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References in classic literature ?
But he was deflected by the crash of the mainsheet blocks on the stout deck- traveller, as the mainsail, emptied of the wind and feeling the wind on the other side, swung crazily across above him.
Tell him to slack off the mainsheet, and before you know it, he'd drop the peak.
The mariner who keeps his mainsheet taut, And will not slacken in the gale, is like To sail with thwarts reversed, keel uppermost.
The rest of you tail aft to the mainsheet! Lively now!
If the mainsheet is 24 pages, grab a few old 24 page papers from another day and set the machine up.
The webs consist of a non-sticky, thick horizontal mainsheet anchored from below, with many knock-down threads above the mainsheet.
I picked up a lot of practical sailing knowledge from them in terms of mainsheet trim, spinnaker trim, helming and much more.
But it's nice to have had two good days in a row." Robertson's cautious optimism was mirrored by Greenhalgh, Oman Air's mainsheet trimmer and tactician: "We were really pleased to extend our lead, and happy with most of the day, sailing really well.
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.
He was sailing in the B3 class and was handling the mainsheet of the boat.
"I was on mainsheet last year so I'm looking forward to being in the driving seat this year."