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A light-weather foresail used in yachts, set on the topmast stay with its luff extending almost the whole length of the stay. It was similar to a genoa but cut narrower, with its leech not overlapping the mainsail as a genoa does, and with its clew higher than is normally the case with genoas. A yankee was used in winds of up to about force 4 on the Beaufort Scale, but has now been superseded by new foresails like the ghoster.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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