Definition of forestaysail in US English:



  • A triangular sail set on the forestay.

    • ‘Run down the forestaysail and stand by to let go.’
    • ‘Compared to the flying jib and forestaysail, the Genoa has a shorter leading edge and backs the Phoresail.’
    • ‘Bowdoin carries four sails; a jib and forestaysail forward of the foremast, a foresail, and a mainsail.’
    • ‘She was under staysail and forestaysail only, perfectly equilibrated, and her speed and power were awesome.’
    • ‘The innermost part of the bowsprit, from which the forestaysail flies, is called the heel.’