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Aerodynamics and fun, learned aboard a sailboat

Aerodynamics and fun, learned aboard a sailboat

NEWPORT — OK, I learned the mainsail has sections called luff, leech, foot, and clew. So does the jib sail, and both are attached to the mast by what I swore were ropes but are called lines.

There were also the Cunningham, the outhaul, the boom vang, and other weirdly named things that allow you to use points of sail, something with its own head-spinning vocabulary, including beam reach, broad reach, close hauled, and run.

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