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backstay

[′bak‚stā]
(engineering)
A supporting cable that prevents a more or less vertical object from falling forward.
A spring used to keep together the cutting edges of purchase shears.
A rod that runs from either end of a carriage's rear axle to the reach.
A leather strip that covers and strengthens a shoe's back seam.
(graphic arts)
A rope or strap that keeps the carriage of a hand printing press from moving too far forward.
(naval architecture)
A rope, wire, or cable that runs from the top of a mast to the side of a ship and slants a little aft.
(textiles)
A bar having a glass rod on its top that runs across a loom beneath the lowest motion of the warp yarns.
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The alloy keel stepped rig is held aloft with rod rigging (with tie rods into the carbon grid) and a hydraulic backstay for adjustment, while the furling genoa is controlled with an underdeck roller; nearby where the foot of the 140-square-metre gennaker is attached.
The rig is alloy as standard with a carbon option and is held up by twin (adjustable) backstays and outboard shrouds.
A two-spreader Southern Spars carbon mast carries a square-headed North mainsail, twin running backstays, and a large asymmetric spinnaker is flown from a fixed carbon bowsprit (removable for transport).
The rig is alloy as standard with a carbon option and is supported by twin (adjustable) backstays and outboard shrouds.
Application ref: R/2012/0882/LB Validation Date: December 3, 2012 Address: Holly House, 60 Westgate, Guisborough, TS13 6AY Proposal: Listed building consent for installation of four metal backstays onto metal railing.
Crowd favourite Backstays and Halyards soon followed and the audience began to move, chanting and raising their fists in time with the "woh-oh" gang vocals.
Inspect wire halyards and running backstays for ``fishhooks'' and rust.
When I'm racing, it's a different dynamic to solo sailing --racing you are making full use of the running backstays, hoisting spinnakers, and you need a crew to do those things.
I'm very happy to be doing backstays for example, because it's practical.
Brindabella back then had running backstays and the aft winches were underpowered, especially for short tacking duels.