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a triangular sail set on the aftermost mast of a vessel, especially a fishing vessel, to head it into the wind; trysail.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for riding sail
The anchor came up with a sob, and the riding-sail bellied as Troop steadied her at the wheel.
Balance-reef it––maybe take it in altogether––and the jib with it, and get out the riding-sail.
James B. (James Brendan) Connolly