A sheet used for controlling and trimming the mainsail of a sailing boat.
- Most 28s have tiller steering that is easily put out of the way at anchor and the mainsheet attaches aft of the cockpit so as to not interfere with passengers.
- I've been passed more than once on the race course by a Laser sailor with a mainsheet clinched firmly in his teeth while I was fiddling to get something positioned just right.
- He let go the mainsheet - then reached over and released the halyard for the mainsail - which lowered the boom.
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