Definition of foretriangle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfôrˌtrīˌaNGɡəl/


1The triangular space between the deck, foremast, and forestay of a sailing vessel.
Example sentences
  • Boats had low aspect mains, small foretriangles, fractional rigs and no lapping foresails.
  • In addition, the dip pole gybe requires another crewmember to adjust the topping lift while the pole is being swung through the foretriangle to the other side of the vessel.
  • If the two boats have similar sized foretriangles you can probably make it work.
1.1The area of sail within the foretriangle.
Example sentences
  • One nice thing about the high foretriangle is that gybing under spinnaker in heavy air does not demand flawless runner work to keep the mast in the boat.
  • However, in addition to the mainsail, some manufacturers use the working jib or even a 150% genoa instead of the foretriangle to calculate the total sail area.
  • Bottom line is I think at least some IOR boats are under-rated; they can sail very well, especially in lighter air where the pinched ends reduce wetted surface and the big foretriangles provide power.

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Syllabification: fore·tri·an·gle

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