What is a spinnaker?

What is a spinnaker? Here are some definitions.

  1. (nautical) A supplemental sail to the mainsail, especially a triangular one, used on yachts for running before the wind.
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Setting a spinnaker involves keeping the boat steady with the wind behind while the spinnaker sail is raised.
For running in high seas we put a large square sail forward, tripping the yard along the foremast, much like a spinnaker boom.
The next day we broad reached with the spinnaker and by night fall we motored with no sails.
On the spinnaker reach to Rayrigg Fiscal Folly pulled ahead, extending its lead in the blustery, fluctuating wind on the leg up to Swan's Nest.
Seeing two runners limbering up on the deck of a yacht while you race spinnaker is quite fun.
Whenever her dad needs a new spinnaker or satellite navigation system, another cottage or parcel of land gets sold.

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