What does "Cunningham" mean?

Today it means: A line used to tension sails.

The cunningham is a block and tackle system to add tension to a sail. The halyard may only be able to hoist the sail so far and not allow sufficient tension to be placed on the luff. When the cunningham is pulled on (down) it tensions against the halyard and tightens the luff.

See also: Halyard  and: Luff, Luff up or Luffing 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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