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The backstays are collectively known as the "runners" and are the wires which prevent the mast toppling forward.

Only the windward runners are tensioned and the higher the wind, the more they are tensioned.

During manoeuvres the new windward runner must be tensioned while the new leeward runner is slackened off. The wires which hold a load of up to four tons - run through a block to the runner winch.


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