In a windsurfing rig, the downhaul is the primary load-bearing line which controls the sail's shape. Modern windsurfing sails incorporate a sleeve for the mast, and therefore do not have a halyard which tensions the top of the sail. The downhaul is tensioned early in the rigging process and is generally not adjustable on the water, and is therefore rather different in use than the downhaul on a sailboat.
Travel Etc: Grand Tours - Malice Lies in Wait in Marseilles ; Great Writers and Their Adventures in Literature. This Week, `the Count of Monte Cristo' by Alexandre Dumas
Nov 04, 2001; Alexandre Dumas (or Dumas pere as he is known, to distinguish him from his illegitimate son) was born in Villers-Cotterets,...