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Diagram of a sailboat, in this case a typical monohull sloop with a Bermuda or marconi rig.

A sailboat, sailing boat or yacht is a kind of a boat that has sails. Wind blows against the sails, pushing the boat through the water. The word covers many kinds of boats, from small sailboards to large sailing ships. Usually, a sailboat has two sails: a mainsail and a head sail or jib. When the wind blows from behind, there can be used an extra sail, a spinnaker.

An olympic 470 dinghy class sailboat in a copetition. This also shows the spinnaker.