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The teens repeat the call, then rhythmically tug the line, slowly, steadily, raising the boat’s mainsail and boom, a combined weight of some 3,000 pounds.
Then came the big moment: The scow began to heel to one side, its mainsail dipping toward the water.
On a two-sail boat like this one (called a sloop), the emphasis is on the mainsail (B), the sail nearer the stern (H), which is the rearmost or aft part of the boat.
There was no Hard Rock Cafe, no Gaslamp Hilton, not even a San Diego Convention Center, the mainsail of the area's trade-show industry that opened in 1989.
Two years ago Wild Oats shredded its mainsail in fierce winds while sailing down Australia's east coast in the Sydney-Hobart.
New Donk City is Nintendo's gift to social media, the mainsail on the odd ship that is Super Mario Odyssey and kindling for wry Reddit jokes like this one.
The mainsail boom, itself a tree trunk almost as thick as the 12-story-high mainmast, is a varnished work of art as sun glints off the wood’s whorls and knots.
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: the largest sail of a sailing ship
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