riding sail

  1. a triangular sail set on the aftermost mast of a vessel, especially a fishing vessel, to head it into the wind; trysail.

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How to use riding sail in a sentence

  • Balance-reef it––maybe take it in altogether––and the jib with it, and get out the riding-sail.

    The Seiners | James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  • The big sails were lowered and only a riding sail spread to keep the Hattie G. on an even keel.

  • The anchor came up with a sob, and the riding-sail bellied as Troop steadied her at the wheel.

    "Captains Courageous" | Rudyard Kipling