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Old 03-14-2006
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From Shipbuilding Terms:
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/vessels/terms.htm

Jackyard Topsail: A triangular topsail set above the mainsail in a gaff rigged vessel.

From Nautical Terms (Global Marine Insurance):
http://www.globalmarineinsurance.com...l%20terms2.htm

JACKYARD
A spar extended above the gaff used to provide greater spread to a topsail

JACKYARD TOPSAIL
An oversized gaff topsail using "clubs" to extend the mast and the gaff; also called "club topsail"

From Dixon Kemp's Dictionary (Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing and Architecture): http://www2.friend.ly.net/~dadadata/kemp/index.html#to:

Jack Stay.
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