Reefing pennant

What is "Reefing pennant" ?

Today it means: A line used to shorten sail.

A reefing pennant (sometimes called a pendent) is the name of the line used to put in and take out reefs i.e. shorten (reduce) sail or put up more sail. The reefing pennant passes through the reefing cringle and acts to secure the sail to the boom. There is usually more than one reefing pennant so that sail can be shortened in stages.

See also: Cringle  and: Reef  and: Eyelet

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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