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spin·na·ker

 (spĭn′ə-kər)
n.
A large triangular headsail secured only at the corners, used on sailboats when running before the wind.

[Perhaps ultimately from Sphinx, name of the first yacht to use such a sail, or spin, to move rapidly (variant of Scots spene, to run before the wind; see spindrift).]

spinnaker

(ˈspɪnəkə; ˈspæŋkə)
n
(Sailing) a large light triangular racing sail set from the foremast of a yacht when running or on a broad reach
[C19: probably from spin + (mo)niker, but traditionally derived from Sphinx, the yacht that first adopted this type of sail]

spin•na•ker

(ˈspɪn ə kər)

n.
a large, usu. triangular sail carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind or when the wind is abaft the beam.
[1865–70; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spinnaker - a large and usually triangular headsailspinnaker - a large and usually triangular headsail; carried by a yacht as a headsail when running before the wind
headsail - any sail set forward of the foremast of a vessel
Translations

spinnaker

[ˈspɪnəkəʳ] Nbalón m, espinaquer m

spinnaker

n (Naut) → Spinnaker m

spinnaker

[ˈspɪnəkəʳ] n (Naut) → spinnaker m inv
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One downside could be the lack of sail area in lighter airs where a cruising chute would be used on a conventional yacht but this is a small price to pay for what I think is a very viable cruising rig.
There's a small bowsprit to fly a cruising chute and the overlapping genoa should give plenty of pulling power upwind.