gaff topsail

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gaff′ top′sail

a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff.
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Noun1.gaff topsail - a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmastgaff topsail - a triangular fore-and-aft sail with its foot along the gaff and its luff on the topmast
fore-and-aft sail - any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
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8 metres (65 feet) and, in marked contrast to the high-tech, carbon-fibre, 30-metre (98-foot) hull of WiM Oats X/, she was built of timber with a timber mast and gaff topsail rig.
Other ships include the Spirit of Dana Point, a replica of a topsail schooner, and Bill of Rights, a two-masted wooden gaff topsail schooner, which both are available for three-hour cruises.
The festival will include the official tall ship of California, the Californian, a replica of the original America's Cup racing yacht America, the Gaff topsail schooner Bill of Rights, the Brigantine from Antigua the Kaisei and many more.
In fact, Power's book should also sit alongside Wayne Johnston's The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails, Michael Crummey's Galore, Bernice Morgan's Cloud of Bone, and a few others as one of the contenders for the title of "The Great Newfoundland and Labrador Novel.
The other is in Moose Management Area 41 in Chain Lakes / Gaff Topsails (otherwise known as Land of the Caribou ).
There are no recent herd estimates in either CMU 69 of the Gaff Topsails region, but caribou here are thought to be doing reasonably well even though hunters are experiencing a slight decrease in success rates.
In Gaff Topsails it is 1948 on the coast of Newfoundland rather than 1904 in Dublin, but many similarities remain.
It is perhaps unfair to compare a first novel to the great modernist masterpiece, but Gaff Topsails borrows so heavily in certain areas that comparisons are inevitable.
Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails (1996) focuses on a single day in a fictional Irish Catholic Newfoundland outport community, yet, as Lawrence Mathews notes, the events of this day comprise "a microcosm of outport society" and, by extension, Newfoundland culture and identity (Mathews 17).
In his introduction to an issue of Essays on Canadian Writing dedicated to the literature of Newfoundland, Mathews claims Fowler's contribution, "Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails and the Myth of the Old Outport," "represents the romantic tradition in Newfoundland critical writing" and says the following of Fowler's reading of the representation of community as a sustaining and supportive force in Gaff Topsails: "this value is affirmed throughout and without reservation; no hint of irony calls it into question" (Mathews 16,17).
In "The Three Sheilas: Irish Myth and Newfoundland Folklore in Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails" Michele Holmgren echoes Fowler's and Delisle's readings of mythologizing and indigenizing when she concludes her assessment of Gaff Topsails with the claim that Kavanagh is trying "to show how exiled, outlawed and castaway myths from Ireland became the native myths of Newfoundland" (Holmgren 62).
Sportsmen who spot and stalk the Middle Ridge (15,000 animals), Grey River (9,000), Lapoile (7,000) and Gaff Topsails (3,000) herds should enjoy success at least as good as last fall," says biologist Mike McGrath.