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A small fore-and-aft sail hoisted abaft the foremast and mainmast in a storm to keep a ship's bow to the wind. The mast of a sailing ship is a tall vertical pole which supports the sails. ... The mast of a sailing ship is a tall vertical pole which supports the sails. ...

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 UK's Encyclopedia of Sails -- Index (265 words) The storm trysail and storm jib must be made out of strong dacron. Storm Trysail: A short triangular sail that is attached to back of the mast and is sheeted to the deck. The ORC states, It shall be sheeted independently of the boom and shall have neither a headboard nor battens and be of suitable strength for the purpose. If you ever plan to set a storm trysail, it is best to have a separate track on the mast for the sail.
 Excerpt from Maximum Sail Power (3790 words) These generally consist of a trysail, i.e., a kind of mini-mainsail bent on the mast after the regular main has been lashed to the boom, and a storm jib, a tiny scrap of sail flown either from the forestay or an inner forestay in place of a standard jib. Virtually all rating rules call for a storm trysail to have a maximum area no larger than the result of the formula: 0.175 x P (mainsail luff) x E (mainsail foot), with a hollowed-out leech and foot, the area will be roughly 25 to 30 percent that of the mainsail. Once the trysail is attached to the mast, it is hoisted with a short pennant at the tack.
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