What is "Backstay" ?

Today it means: Stay supporting the mast from aft.

The backstay is part of the standing rigging and, these days, is usually made of high grade steel and runs from the aft (rear or back) of the boat to the top of the mast. Opposite to forestay.

See also: Forestay   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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