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Thread #151478   Message #3536423
Posted By: Rumncoke
11-Jul-13 - 03:40 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Ah - now I call that 'the run ashore' - but as usual I have no idea where I heard it. Not on vinyl.

As a stick and rag sailor myself, I would find it difficult to sing something I could not make sense of.

Staysails are any triangular sail hoisted on a stay - a wire or rope - rather than a spar or boom. Foresheets are the ropes at the foot of a fore sail - which could be a jib which is a staysail - but how to 'lay in' either of them I have no idea.