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Sailing must be as old as the ability to make cloth, or to stitch animal pelts together.
What I'd like to know is, who were the first sailors (meaning, i guess, "what were the first boats") who could actually get to windward? Like at least a close reach, with the ability to come about and actually make good against the wind?
Could some of the Lateen rigs ("ancient Sunfish") have done it?