forestay forestay

Definition(s):

  • (n) an adjustable stay from the foremast to the deck or bowsprit; controls the bending of the mast

Usage(s):

  1. Then in the Indian Ocean I had to stay up for three or four days, trying to keep the forestay up to keep the mast from falling backwards.
  2. On the morning of the seventh day out, she had covered 800 miles and was making splendid headway, with her mainsail, foresail, forestay sail and jib set and full.
  3. But then a submerged shipping container shattered her port daggerboard and a snapped forestay less than 1,000 miles from Les Sables slowed her progress.
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