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Fig. 129 
Leg of Mutton Sail. 
Jib & Mainsail Rig.

The Sloop possesses several jibs, a bowsprit, and topsail. Beside these, when she is in racing trim, a number of additional sails are used. All our great racers are sloops, and this rig is the most convenient for small yachts and cutters.

Racing Sloops

A racing sloop (Fig- 137) carries a mainsail, A, a fore stay- sail B, a jib , C, a gaff topsail, D, a club topsail, E, a baby jib topsail, F, a Number 2 jib topsail, G, a Number 1 jib topsail, H, a balloon jib topsail, J (Fig. 133), and a spinnaker, K (Fig. 133).

Jib and Mainsail

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Fig. 125 
Jim & Mainsail

A small sloop's sails are a mainsail, jib, and topsail. A sloop rig without topsail is called a jib and mainsail (Fig. 125).

While every small-boat sailor should know a catboat and a sloop when he sees them, and even be able to give the proper name to their sails, neither of these rigs is very well suited for canoes, sharpies, or other boats of the mosquito fleet; but the Schooner Rig....







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