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Dave R
09-01-2000, 01:27 PM
Please help with me with the terminology, here. What are the names of the three sails before the mast? Thanks(I hope this works as a picture) http://www.fss.org/fs24.jpg

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Ian McColgin
09-01-2000, 01:41 PM
There's a couple of conventions here.

You could call the one on the club a forestaysail and then you have jib and flying jib.

Or you could call them jib, outer jib, and flying jib.


Charlie J
09-01-2000, 05:22 PM
Or, from an old book on Friendship sloops, they could be called the foresail, jib and jib topsail.

Art Read
09-02-2000, 04:13 AM
Lot's of New Englanders would suggest Jumbo, jib and flying jib or jib topsail...

09-02-2000, 06:26 AM
Maybe boomed stays'l, jib and jib tops'l. And who's the stupid one? And who is the lucky owner of this beauty?

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Dave R
09-20-2000, 03:27 PM
The picture is of Friendship Sloop #24 Tern. According to the FSS owned by Paul Haley /Elizabeth Quadros.

Thanks for the help with the terminology although I'm still confused. Maybe I'll make my sails different colors and refer to them that way.

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John B
09-20-2000, 03:49 PM
and the one under the skipper is the iron topsail

Ed Harrow
09-20-2000, 08:40 PM
Tern is for sale, if anyone is interested. Paul's thinking of bigger (Tern is 28'). Tern is also armed with a Berke George 10 Ga. Oh, and I'd say staysail, jib, and flying jib.

Mike Field
09-21-2000, 07:20 AM
But since the "top" sail seems to be set on a stay, it really can't be a "flying" jib.

Like CEJ, I'd settle for foresail (or forestaysail,) jib, and jib topsail.

09-21-2000, 12:10 PM
Ok, let's define stay and other wires(?) running forward from the mast, please.

09-21-2000, 01:51 PM
Does this help

for more info go here
This list should be a standard reference

09-21-2000, 11:26 PM
From top to bottom, Yankee, jib, and staysail. Or so I have been told.

Ed Harrow
09-22-2000, 11:49 AM
Geez this is beginning to look like the Grand Prix du Rock, wherein there were no winners. Girling Foss forecast it all before the start when he told the intrepid reporter from the BBC, "Frankly, I don't think any of us stand a chance." or words close to that.

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Art Read
09-22-2000, 03:34 PM
My first year running a "Dude Schooner", I overheard the old high school buddy I conned into coming aboard as crew for the season telling a passenger who asked,"Oh, that's the 'tag sail'... right behind the 'white sail'. See? Just in front of the 'going out of business sail..."

09-30-2000, 08:55 PM
I've learned it same as noquiklos: stays'l, jib, yankee. And the one under the helmsman is the d's'l.

10-02-2000, 01:06 PM
I've allways called it a Yankee, so it'l be Yankee, jib and staysail from outer to inner.

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Dave R
10-02-2000, 01:33 PM
Thanks for all the help. I'll go with Yankee, Jib and Stays'l too. Now I feel just a little less stupid. It's amazing how a guy can get an education in place like this.