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  • noun Plural form of mainsail.

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Examples

  • Glancing up at the mainsails, his eyes fell on Pazel, and for a moment they regarded each other in silence: an old man stiff and wrinkled as a cypress; a boy in tattered shirt and breeches, nut-brown hair in his eyes, clinging barefoot to the tarred and salt-stiffened ropes.

    Excerpt: The Red Wolf Conspiracy by Robert Redick

  • The three men stepped outside in time to see the two schooners go hastily about and head off shore, dropping mainsails and flying jibs on the run in the teeth of the squall that heeled them far over on the whitened water.

    THE HOUSE OF MAPUHI

  • The Extreme 40 catamarans sailed their longer race with reefed mainsails and still had plenty to keep their four-man crews occupied.

    Ben Ainslie's TeamOrigin cruising ahead of BMW Oracle in 1851 Cup

  • 'The spinnaker shape is similar to the * spinnaker* of a yacht ...' mainsails are typically triangular or square and are braced by a mast, a boom, and sometimes additional spars.

    Wind Dam

  • What an opportunity they have, the mainsails are blown out and all they can think of doing is polish the brasses.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • She slipped silently up the inlet on the flood tide, flying only the mainsails of her two masts.

    City of Glory

  • The royals appeared first, then the topgallants, and beneath them, taut and bellied with wind, the topsails and mainsails of her three masts.

    City of Glory

  • She slipped silently up the inlet on the flood tide, flying only the mainsails of her two masts.

    City of Glory

  • The royals appeared first, then the topgallants, and beneath them, taut and bellied with wind, the topsails and mainsails of her three masts.

    City of Glory

  • As one watched a clipper ship grow from the horizon, he observed the sails rising row by row: first the skysails, high atop the masts, then the royals, topgallants, wide topsails, and closest to deck, the mainsails, or courses.

    A Furnace Afloat

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