- a triangular or quadrilateral sail having its luff hooped or otherwise bent to a mast, used for lying to or keeping a vessel headed into the wind; spencer.
Origin of trysail
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A spar abaft the fore and main mast, for hoisting the trysail.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The trysail gaff had parted, and, falling, had struck the old pilot to the deck.Tales of the Sea
This failing, they set a spencer or trysail, and shift on the other tack.Sea Stories
If the owner does not carry a storm square-sail, he should have a boom to his trysail.Yachting Vol. 1
One end of which was secured by a bight of the trysail brailing.
- a small fore-and-aft sail, triangular or square, set on the mainmast of a sailing vessel in foul weather to help keep her head to the windAlso called: storm trysail