What does "Reef" mean?

Today it means: Reduce the area of sail.

Reefing a sail or putting in a reef is to shorten or take in sail thereby reducing the amount of wind it can catch. The trick is to always reef early because if you leave it until there is too much wind it is hard work and can be dangerous.

See also: Reefing pennant  and: Cringle  and: Eyelet

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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