All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards, the jib downhaul
, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines.
The cap at the mainmast head was broken out, and sheet and downhaul
pulled flat, amid a scattering rifle fire from the boats; and the Mary Rebecca lay over and sprang ahead faster than ever.
I had scarcely opened my mouth to issue the necessary commands, when eager men were springing to halyards and downhauls
, and others were racing aloft.
"We were using a borrowed spinnaker sail, the big colourful 'kite' sail at the front, with a jury rigged downhaul
system, and hadn't really mastered getting it up and down quickly, which led to the problem.
I told him about my fleet and assured him that the Dacron braid was a downhaul
that would be coming home with me in a few weeks.
The 14-foot Laser rig may be one of the simplest in the Olympic line-up with only an outhaul, downhaul
and kicker to manipulate the 76-sq ft sail.
At the "tack" of the sail (the lower forward corner) fasten a 2' length of 3/8" rope we'll call the "downhaul
The dagger boards are gravity fed through each hull with a single line, although ideally a second downhaul
system could be fitted, as I had to go forward to position them just right.
could use some tension," I said and Bob moved to tighten it.