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Point A is a reef tack, Point D is the reef clew, and points in-between are reef points, which are mainly used to bundle up the sail so the bunt of the sail doesn't blow around or chafe.

The reef tack is usually attached to a tack hook on the goose neck of the boom. The reef clew is setup as per Giu's diagram.

On some boats, they have a set of blocks and a single line that runs from the boom, up to the reef clew, down to the end of the boom—so the line can pull the reef clew out and down at the same time—to a cheek block near the goose neck and up through the reef tack and then down to a block and back to the cockpit. This is a called single line reefing setup—because it uses a single line to reef the sail.

On some boats, they have a set of blocks and a line that runs from the boom, up to the reef clew, down to the end of the boom—so the line can pull the reef clew out and down at the same time—to a cheek block near the goose neck and then down to a block on the deck and back to the cockpit. They also have a second line that goes from the goose neck, up to the reef tack and down to a block on the deck and back to the cockpit. This is a called double line reefing setup—because it uses a two lines to reef the sail.

IMHO, if you want to be able to reef from the cockpit, this is a better setup than the single-line reefing systems.
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