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 (skī′səl, -sāl′)
A small square sail above the royal in a square-rigged vessel.


1. (Nautical Terms) a square sail set above the royal on a square-rigger
2. (Nautical Terms) a triangular sail set between the trucks of a racing schooner


(ˈskaɪˌseɪl; Naut. ˈskaɪ səl)

(in a square-rigged vessel) a light square sail next above the royal.
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Noun1.skysail - the sail above the royal on a square-rigger
sail, canvass, canvas, sheet - a large piece of fabric (usually canvas fabric) by means of which wind is used to propel a sailing vessel
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The first system was installed in 2007 on the MS Beluga Skysails on behalf of DHL Global Forwarding (an ocean and air freight company owned by the Deutsche Post World Net Group) (Konrad, 2010).
Dutch chemical group DSM (AMS:DSM) said without providing financial details its investment fund DSM Venturing has invested in German SkySails, a specialist in automated towing kite systems for ships.
DSM Venturing, the corporate venturing unit of Royal DSM NV, said today that it has made an investment in SkySails GmbH & Co KG, a provider of wind propulsion technology for automated towing kite systems for ships.
During his visit to Germany, the commissioner will also participate in the launch of the Skysails pilot project in Hamburg - the first of its kind to test the installation of a wind propulsion system on board a fishing vessel.
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The world's first commercial container ship partially powered by a large kite, the Beluga SkySails of Germany, called at Yokohama port Friday and was opened to the media.
German firm Skysails has also tested a wind propulsion system, which involves giant kites being fixed to boats.