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describes the curvature in a sail’s leading edge. A more curved or rounder leading edge allows for better acceleration and speed, and a wider steering groove. A flatter entry allows for better pointing, but makes the sail more prone to stall. Entry shape is only of concern on headsails and is controlled by halyard tension, headstay sag and draft position. Compare to: knuckle.

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