What does "Mainsail" mean?

Today it means: The principle sail set on a mast.

The mainsail or Mains'l will usually be the largest and most powerful sail on a mast. The term "main" is relatively new in nautical terms as the principle sail used to be called the "course" or "courses" and all sails were prefixed with the name of the mast, i.e. main courses'l.

See also: The order of sails on a tall ship  and: Headsail  and: Jib

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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