Guy (red arrow), controlling the spinnaker pole.

A guy (probably from Dutch gei, "brail") is a line (rope) attached to and intended to control the end of a spar on a sailboat.[1] On a modern sloop-rigged sailboat with a symmetric spinnaker, the spinnaker pole is the spar most commonly controlled by one or more guys.


There are two primary types of guys used to control a spinnaker pole:


  1. ^ Mayne, Richard (2018-10-24). The Language of Sailing. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-135-96558-7.

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