A bowsprit is a spar projected from the prow of a vessel. The bowsprit can be used to support the foremast, allowing for more favourable location thereof, to support forestays or to support the use of jibs, spinnakers, or genoas. Bowsprits may carry sails themselves. The bowsprit may extend horizontal, or have an upward angle (particularly if it is a working area, the upward cant reduces greenwater) or be retractable. A Dolphin striker may be fitted for additional support.