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.