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1 A strip of metal on the mast or boom of a Bermudan-rigged sailing boat. It takes the slides fixed to the luff or foot of a Bermudan-rigged mainsail, replacing the mast hoops and lacing for the mainsail of the old-fashioned gaff rig. It superseded the original method, when the Bermudan rig was first introduced, of setting the luff on a taut stay running from masthead to deck. In modern yachts the luff-rope feeds directly into a C-section track, or into a groove which is part of the mast itself. Tracks are also used on deck in many yachts for the sliding sheet leads.

2 The path of a vessel through the water or over the ground (seabed), known as water track or ground track. Also, the path of a storm.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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