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Highly recommend you go out and buy Dave Seidman's The Complete Sailor. It's about $15 at most big book stores.
The Halyard is the line that goes up the mast and comes down to attach to the top point of the sail, called the head of the sail, and is used to raise or hoist the sail.
The Luff of the sail is the forward edge of the sail. In the case of a head sail, the portion attached to the forestay or furling unit. The rear edge of the sail is known as the Leech, and the bottom is the FOOT
The Tack of the sail is the forward most lower corner of the sail, where the luff and the foot of the sail meet. The Clew is the corner of the sail where the foot and the leech meet, where the sheets are attached to the headsail.
Sheets are the lines that run back to the cockpit and are used for controlling the sail.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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