That is not what "adjust" means. The word implies intentionality. OED defines it as "arrange, put in order, regulate, harmonise, adapt".Taken at it's face value and interpreted strictly, Rule 52 makes sailboats impossible.
Everything stretches and bends and thus 'adjusts" itself under load.
Furthermore the rule doesn't just speak of adjustment. It says "adjusted and operated". Stretching and bending under load is not "adjustment and operation".
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