Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Oceanic lateen rig

The Oceanic lateen rig is the most commonly used rig on shunting proas in the Pacific region. This rig is sometimes referred to as a "crabclaw" when the leech is cut into a deep curve, although crabclaw shaped sails are also used on tacking rigs.
The photo above shows Jeremie Fisher's "Equilibre" sailing in the Caribbean.
The photo below shows a Fijian thamakau sailing in the Lau Islands. Note that you can still go very fast on a reach no matter what your sail looks like.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ulua launch

Ross Munro, in Queensland, Australia, recently launched and trialed his 18' (5.4M) Ulua. The planking is Kiri (paulonia), and with two layers of 6oz fiberglass, it still weighed only 57 lb (26kg). Kiri is lighter than cedar but heavier than balsa.
The ama is from a production OC2.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Everglades Challenge

The Everglades Challenge, a 300 mile canoe/kayak race from St Petersburg to Key Largo Florida, will begin tomorrow morning, the 7th of March. You can follow along at the Watertribe website, where an online viewer plots the racer's positions from GPS readings.
The photo shows one of this year's entries, a Philippine Paraw built by skipper Carlos Solanilla and crewed by Wade Tarzia.