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topsail

a square sail carried on a yard set on a topmast
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All hands obeyed, and at once the eight or ten seamen who composed the crew, sprang to their respective stations at the spanker brails and outhaul, topsail sheets and halyards, the jib downhaul, and the topsail clewlines and buntlines.
He painted it from description, but of course, as you very sensibly say, all was snug below and she carried storm sails and double-reefed topsails, for it was blowing a cyclone from the sou'east.
The seafaring folk of Antioch had seen us breaking out topsail and staysail, a most reckless performance in such weather, and had hurried to the wharf-ends in little groups to find out what was the matter.
We took in topsail and staysail, dropped the main peak, and as we got abreast of the principal wharf jibed the mainsail.
The riding-sail was down and the main- and topsail were up by noon, and dories came alongside with letters for home, envying their good fortune.
Disko kept them busy fiddling with the sails; and when those were flattened like a racing yacht's, Dan had to wait on the big topsail, which was put over by hand every time she went about.
Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails (1996) focuses on a single day in a fictional Irish Catholic Newfoundland outport community, yet, as Lawrence Mathews notes, the events of this day comprise "a microcosm of outport society" and, by extension, Newfoundland culture and identity (Mathews 17).
Through a sea mist under a pale gibbous moon the vessel close-hauled with topsails furled, rides, as it were, "stormie seas," symbolic, perhaps, of Conrad's weathering his inner and outer lives before his "sleep after toyle" (2) in 1924, the publication year of his collected works.
The loopholes created were exploited by clever minds to create beautiful yachts with long overhangs and incredibly large, unpenalised topsails. The big class boats such as Britannia, Meteor and Westward were owned and raced by kings, kaisers and the unbelievable wealthy.
The foremast topsails still have to be fitted which will cost pounds 40,000.
As we entered the waters of the English Channel we set the main topsails so we could catch the wind coming from behind us.