The luff is the front edge of a sail. You can tell if your vessel is sailing well by observing the shape of the luff. If it is round and full with no flapping then the chances are that its working well. On the other hand, if its baggy and flapping along the leading edge then you are "luffing" and you are losing speed. If you sail even closer to the wind so that the whole sail is flapping then you have "luffed up". Caution, if you luff up too far you will turn your vessel through the wind.
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Sailing Terms
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