Definition

Standing rigging consisting of a wire or cable securing the top of the mast to the stern of the vesse. Designed to prevent the mast from pitching forward. Some backstays can be tightened or loosened to change the verticality ("rake")of the mast.

Related Images

external image backstay.gif
Image ID: 1623
Wire running from top of mast to stern; part of standing rigging designed to keep mast from pitched forward; shown here as running from bottom left-hand corner of picture/stern of vessel upwards to top of mast

Related Glossary

Forestay

Record ID: 73