American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large triangular sail set on a spar that swings out opposite the mainsail, used on yachts when running before the wind.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A jib-headed racing-sail carried by yachts, set, when running before the wind, on the side opposite to the mainsail.
- n. nautical A supplemental sail to the main sail, especially a triangular one, used on yachts for running before the wind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) A large triangular sail set upon a boom, -- used when running before the wind.
- n. a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind
- Perhaps ultimately from Sphinx, name of the first yacht to use such a sail, or spin, to move rapidly (variant of Scots spene, to run before the wind; see spindrift). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Then she made him uncomfortable by hitting him several times in different parts of the body with a long spar which she called the spinnaker boom.”
“It was in spinnaker, up mizzen, all sheets by the wind, and we were moving slowly ahead, heaving the lead and straining our eyes for the fixed red light on the ruined fort that would give us our bearings to anchorage.”
“Now, the race starts so that we're going down wind which means those big colorful sails called a spinnaker are out in front.”
“Regarding the "spinnaker" shape of the sail -- on another forum, someone noted that it looks exactly like a woman's thong underwear!”
“Racing school" is for more advanced sailors who are looking to become proficient at race strategy, tactics and maneuvers "spinnaker" gives individuals or teams instruction and practice with this element of sailing.”
“First, at corner exits, it pulls like hell, like it has deployed some magical torque spinnaker.”
“On Artemis Ocean Racing, Ms. Caffari instructs her crew to hoist the spinnaker, but a run of bad luck follows and two spinnakers are ripped, allowing their competitors to race past as they sail to the finish line.”
“There was that matter of the deck-calking, the bronze rudder-irons, the overhauling of the engine, the new spinnaker boom, the new davits, and the repairs to the whale-boat.”
“This afternoon I kept busy on deck working out the easiest way to pole the headsail (using the spinnaker pole to hold the headsail right out) to make sailing downwind (with the wind right behind us) more comfortable.”
“Spar to control headsails, including the spinnaker, used especially when sailing downwind.”
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