The course sail

What is "The course sail" ?

Today it means: The course sail is otherwise known as the main.

The sails on sailing ships each have their own name depending on where it is on the mast. The lowest sail on the mast is the course sail but sailors today would know it simply as the main. The sail name could also be prefixed with the name of the mast is was on i.e. fore course, main course or mizzen course. If there were even more mast then they would be numbered instead. i.e. 1 course, 2 course etc.

See also: The order of sails on a tall ship  and: Spanker  and: Moonraker

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              



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