What Do You Call a Large Triangular Sail?

Sailing enthusiasts often come across various terms related to the equipment used in sailing. One such term is a large triangular sail.

But what is it called? Let’s delve into the world of sailing and find out.

The Basics: What is a Large Triangular Sail?

A triangular sail, as the name suggests, is a sail that has a triangular shape. It’s typically attached to the mast at one corner, with the other two corners attached to ropes called sheets. These sheets control the angle and position of the sail.

A large triangular sail is simply a triangular sail that’s larger than usual. It’s often used on bigger boats or ships where more wind power is required to move them through water.

What Do You Call a Large Triangular Sail?

Now, coming back to our original question – what do you call a large triangular sail? The answer is – it depends on where you’re from!

In North America, this type of sail is commonly referred to as a jib. However, in other parts of the world, it’s known as a genoa or gennaker.

The Jib:

The jib is usually smaller than the genoa and is typically used in light winds. It’s attached to the forestay, which is a cable that runs from the bow (front) of the boat to the top of the mast.

The Genoa:

The genoa, on the other hand, is larger than the jib and provides more power in stronger winds. It’s attached at two points – one on the forestay and one on another cable called an afterstay, which runs from near the top of the mast to near the stern (back) of the boat.

The Gennaker:

The gennaker is another type of large triangular sail that’s similar to the genoa, but it’s designed for downwind sailing. It’s typically made of lightweight material and is easy to handle. It’s attached to a bowsprit, which is a pole that extends out from the front of the boat.


So, there you have it – a large triangular sail can be called a jib, genoa, or gennaker depending on where you’re from and what type of boat you’re sailing. Understanding these terms can help you communicate more effectively with other sailors and make your sailing experience more enjoyable.

Remember to always be aware of the weather conditions and adjust your sails accordingly for safe and efficient sailing!

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Daniel Bennet