staysail

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a fore-and-aft sail set on a stay (as between two masts)

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I was watching the behavior of their boat as the great fisherman's staysail, far, far larger than the top-sail and used only in light breezes, was broken out.
The seafaring folk of Antioch had seen us breaking out topsail and staysail, a most reckless performance in such weather, and had hurried to the wharf-ends in little groups to find out what was the matter.
We took in topsail and staysail, dropped the main peak, and as we got abreast of the principal wharf jibed the mainsail.
She was running before the wind - yawing frightfully - her staysail let down to act as a sort of extra foresail, -" scandalised," they call it, - and her fore-boom guyed out over the side.
The ship boasts three masts over 35 metres tall; 1000 squared metres of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail, staysails, jibs), which span three decks.
For this trip, the inventory was reduced to a main, masthead code zero, three jibs, two staysails and, amazingly, only one A3 spinnaker.
Propulsion: 42 Dacron sails that measure 56,000 square feet on five masts, comprising 26 squaresails, 11 staysails, four jibs, one gaff-rigged spanker; twin Caterpillar 2,500-hp diesel engines (used sparingly); thrusters; propeller blades fold flat against hull to eliminate water-flow resistance when in sailing mode.
The impressive ship has three masts over 35 metres tall; 1000 sq metres of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail, staysails, jibs), spanning three decks.
There is also an inner forestay for staysails, ideal for long-distance cruising, and a hydraulically driven headsail furling system for easy sailing.