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make sail

To embark on a journey on a body of water in a boat (not necessarily one with sails). We're about to make sail, so take care of any unfinished business in the port now or forever hold your peace! We only made sail a month ago, but it feels like we've been at sea for years now.
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make sail

1. To begin a voyage.
2. To set sail.
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Their ship this time was a Dutch vessel, the Franz-Maria, much lighter than their outward-going barque, smart as to her paint and brightwork, her canvas white as a gull's wing as they made sail through the broad canals to the sea.
Then there was one Levi Strauss, a Jewish immigrant from Bavaria who made sail cloth for Baltimore's fleet before moving west to San Francisco, and branching out into tought cotton trousers from the same "Serge de Nimes" material, thereby inventing denim jeans.
So, on this 20th anniversary of the Youth Sailing Academy, we raise the club burgee and a glass to the endeavours of the original YSA Committee and those dedicated members and sponsors who have made sail training possible for the next generation at the CYCA.
The passion of each craftsman, from the caulker to the sailmaker (Nat Wilson, who also made sails for the Mayflower replica and the USS Constitution) is contagious.
In addition to fainting, he also fished, made sails, and skippered yachts for summer residents of nearby Chester.
And he listens to the crew," said Crafoord, who made sails for the Queenslander 40 years ago.