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I recently purchases a jeanneau sailboat which comes with technique voile brand sails. The genoa has two controls with which I was unfamiliar. I now understand the purpose of the leach line but only today realized that there is also what I will call a footline for lack of a better term. It is a cord running from the tack to the clew and is set up to apply tension along the foot of the sail. But why would I want to? Obviously from the question I am quite new to sailing.
The "foot line" is known as a flattening reef and should be tightened in heavy air to flatten the sail. In very light air it should be completely free to add depth to the sail as previously noted, above.
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