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On the ketch I skippered, there was a fixed backstays and a split backstay on the main. The mizzen staysail (could be called a mizzen spinnaker) was a nylon sail that hoisted to the top of the mizzen, tacked anywhere up near the foot of the main mast and sheeted to the end of the mizzen boom. It was a challenge to fly because you had to make sure it was on the proper side of all the stays when hoisting it and that all changed with various wind angles and tacks. Once up it gave us a knot or two and looked great.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217