parts of the standing rigging that help support a mast laterally. Composite fiber, or stainless steel wire or rod, run from hull-mounted chain plates on the beams through any number of spreader tips, to their attachment points on the masthead. Cap shroud tension is typically adjusted with turnbuckles located just above the chain plates. Also referred to as V1s or vertical 1s. Also called sidestays. See also: chicken stays, continuous rigging, discontinuous rigging, Loos gauge, and mast jack. Compare to: diagonals.
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