foresail


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the lowest sail on the foremast of a square-rigged vessel

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We were tearing along, wing-and-wing, before the wind, foresail to starboard and mainsail to port, as we came upon the salmon fleet.
The cheerful sailor crept forward and jibed over the foresail as Charley put the helm to starboard and we swerved to the right into the San Joaquin.
The river straightened out here into its general easterly course, and we squared away before the wind, wing-and-wing once more, the foresail bellying out to starboard.
said Tom Platt, to Harvey gaping at the damp canvas of the foresail.
Now, after all I've said, how'd you reef the foresail, Harve'?
John Bunsby, master, at length gave the order to start, and the Tankadere, taking the wind under her brigantine, foresail, and standing-jib, bounded briskly forward over the waves.
It was a slight uphill climb, for the foresail peaked high; and the halyards, running through various blocks on the gaff and mast, gave him separate holds for hands and feet.
He had been guilty of running the Ghost several points off her course in order that what little wind there was should fill the foresail and hold it steady.
As for getting off, when we had enough of it, and had washed our decks down pretty well, we called all hands, for, d’ye see, the watch below was in their hammocks, all the same as if they were in one of your best bedrooms; and so we watched for a smooth time, clapt her helm hard a weather, let fall the foresail, and got the tack aboard; and so, when we got her afore it, I ask you, Mistress Prettybones, if she didn’t walk?
What made them do it-- what made them obey me when I, thinking consciously how fine it was, made them drop the bunt of the foresail twice to try and do it better?
rigging and fitting my masts and sails; for I finished them very complete, making a small stay, and a sail, or foresail, to it, to assist if we should turn to windward; and, what was more than all, I fixed a rudder to the stern of her to steer with.
Morrison's crew, including talented Omani sailor Abdulrahman Al Mashari and top British sailor Nic Asher, built up a decent lead but disaster struck just before the downwind mark when the fitting holding their foresail to the deck broke.
A bowsprit supports the standing rigging via a guy led aloft to the top section of the fore mast and to serve as a tack for the two fore-guy blocks for the yard of the foresail.
Before I was given the helm though I had to grind and trim the foresail with the Omani sailor Sami.
It may be that few officers would behave as courageously in a crisis (his initiative in setting a reefed foresail saved the Sephora from the storm); it may be that knocking down the insubordinate seaman was a necessary step; it may be that Leggatt strangled him in a state of unconsciousness when a huge wave washed over the ship.