A reefed Yankee storm sail

To deal with wildly shifting winds, the intrepid anticruisers have flown a heavy-weather sail -- in front of the mast -- called a "Yankee." There's a common misconception that this sail got its name from being a feature on the pointy end of a type of ship called a Yankee Clipper. Experience has shown that the Yankee moniker must have come from the conditions it is flown in: wind and waves yanking the sail asunder. Let's just say, it is one yanky sail!

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