– Free-flying sails are sails attached to the rig only through their corners (no sail edge is attached to the rig).
– Symmetric Spinnakers are free-flying sails with equal luff and leech lengths. They perform best when sailing downwind at large angles. The two bottom corners are called clews. The windward clew is held upright by a spinnaker pole attached to the mast. The spinnaker pole has to be set before flying the sail, and it needs to swap sides during gybes.
– Asymmetric Spinnakers are free-flying sails used for broad reaching and downwind sailing. In these sails, the luff is longer than the leech. The sail tack is attached to the bowsprit or a fixed pole, making asymmetric spinnakers much easier to fly and gybe and, consequently, more popular among racing and cruising yachts.
– Headsails and spinnakers are not that efficient when reaching. Code Zeros have come to fill that gap. They are sometimes considered free-flying headsails. For racing purposes, some code zeros are designed to be classified as spinnakers, which does not bring any penalty.
– Spinnaker Staysails are free-flying sails used for downwind sailing together with an asymmetric spinnaker. Their main purpose is to add power to the boat. The tack is attached to a pad-eye aft of the forestay, and the clew sheets either from the jib track or from an independent point.
– Storm Sails are used in very rough weather and are made of heavy cloth. They are the smallest sails on board and are usually bright orange to increase their visibility. They must have multiple ways to be attached since they must be usable also when the rig is severely damaged. Yachts are generally equipped with a Trysail and a Storm Jib. Some owners decide not to have a trysail, which is usually “replaced” by adding a very deep reef in the mainsail.
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