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bowsprit

Nautical a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel, esp a sailing vessel, used to carry the headstay as far forward as possible

bowsprit

[′bau̇‚sprit]
(naval architecture)
A large spar that projects forward from the forward end of a sailing ship, used to carry sails and support the masts by stays.
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4-metre rotating bowsprits carry giant 900-square-foot spinnakers
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 assy flies from a removable bowsprit for ease of transportation and a cradle is supplied as well.
Features of the deck include retractable bowsprit, six winches and an integrated GRP toe rail lends to the refined profile.
Also, a Performance 'T' keel for IRC or ORCI and non-overlapping head sails with retractable bowsprit for asymmetric or spinnaker pole option for short windward leeward.
IRC rates measured data such as a boat's weight, length, draft, rig and sail area, as well as special features like water ballast, canting keels and bowsprits, to allow a wide range of keelboats to compete on a level playing field.
Retractable bowsprits also give the flexibility of good angles to fly an asymmetric combined with the ease of handling in marinas.
The bowsprit makes the design modern but also optimized for racing and spinnaker handling (the RP45 has a provisional IRC rating of 1.
J/100, J/105, J/109, J/ni, J/133, J/33 and the lifting keel J/95 and J/108, all with retractable carbon bowsprits and asymmetric spinnakers.
New approaches such as asymmetric spinnakers on bowsprits feature on his latest passion, the Argentinian-designed and built Soto 40 one-design racing yacht.
It is a sleek design with clean decks including a fixed bowsprit, clean cabin top and hidden halyards with twin carbon fibre wheels.
While Super 30s are larger and feature fixed keels, they are all relatively light displacement boats and run exclusively asymmetric spinnakers off bowsprits.