Parts of a sail
Parts of the mainsail[change | change source]
- The head is the very top of the sail.
- The tack (noun) is the name for the lower corner of the sail closest to the mast. Not to be confused with a tack which describes which side of a sailboat the wind is coming from while under way—port or starboard.
- The foot is the bottom edge of the sail from the tack to the clew. The foot of a sail attaches to the boom.
- The luff is the forward or leading edge of a sail.
- The leech is the back edge of the sail.
- The clew is the bottom back corner of the sail (furthest from the mast).
Parts of a headsail[change | change source]
The headsail of a sailboat is any sail set forward of the mast (on a single masted boat) or foremast (the mast nearest the bow). The corresponding parts are the same relative to the front of the boat. (Note: The headsail tack is the name for the lower corner of the headsail -- the sail closest to the front of the boat.)
Associated parts[change | change source]
- The boom is a horizontal spar (pole) that runs along the foot of a fore-and-aft rigged sail.
- The jib is the next most common sail on a sailboat. It is always forward of the mainmast.
- A sheet is a rope used to control a sail.
References[change | change source]
- "Sailing Quick Reference Guide" (PDF). Wayzata Yacht Club. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- "Sailing Terms Everyone Should Know". American Sailing Association. November 27, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
- Denny Desoutter, The Adlard Coles Book of Boatwords (London : Adlard Coles Nautical, 2010), p. 187
- John Keegan, The Price of Admiralty (New York: Viking press, 1989), pp. 278–279
- "Boom". Sea Talk Nautical Dictionary: The Dictionary of English Nautical Language. 2005–2012. Retrieved December 28, 2016.