Course (sail)

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File:Sails and Yards on the Stavros S Niarchos.jpg
Illustration of the foremast of the Stavros S Niarchos. The course sail is the bottom top sail.

In sailing, a course sail is the principal sail on a mast.

This term is used predominantly on square rigged vessels, referring to the largest and lowest sail on each mast (mizzen-course, main-course and fore-course). Gaff-rigged vessels might possibly use the term (for the lowest sail rigged aft of each mast), but are more likely to refer simply to a mainsail, foresail, etc. A Bermuda- or lateen-rigged yacht, whether sloop, cutter, ketch or yawl, would not usually be described as having a course.