Just in - sketch done by Mark Meyers, who was the possible artist of another sketch of Valkyrien with a square rig!.
It shows the square sail rig that was planned for Valkyrien when she was restored in Hawaii.
Valkyrien´s "spreaders" are actually "crosstrees" and were built for square sails. The sketch shows the planned rig - the triangular Foresail, Fore Topsail and Fore Topgallant.
Valkyrien has waited a long time for the square sails but when she goes on the water in the Bay of Panama as a Sail Training Tall Ship, she will boast a square rig.
Tall Ships brings back memories of the Pamir a 4 masted barque built in Germany as a cargo ship in 1905. She was a familiar sight in Wellington harbour for many years and I remember seeing her sail into the Harbour when I w. I just found this tale of how she sank in the Atlantic with a loss of 80 lives. http://www.caphorniers.cl/Pamir/Pamir.htm
First steps are being taken to form a Panamanian Sail Training Organisation - associate of the Sail Training International Organisation. - http://www.sailtraininginternational.org/home -
As we get started on setting up Sail Training in Panama - Vela de Formación -
Check it out and Get Involved!
Competitors in the Volvo Ocean Round The World race have left Auckland on the treacherous Southern Ocean leg of the race - 6,705 nautical miles to Brazil around Cape Horn.
Most are battling heavy sea conditions off Great Barrier Island, but one has had to turn back for repairs with a damaged bulk head. Team New Zealand skipper, Tony Rae, on Camper is suffering from broken ribs, but is hoping to pick up points on the down wind run. Meantime, there are questions on the design of Camper from Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton.
This is the Kiwi Team NZ's first foray into the great race and they are keen to extend their winning performance and prove their ability in Ocean Racing.
Windy Wellington - the City of Gales - is now challenging the City of Sails up North, as a place to learn to sail! Wellington harbour and Cook Strait are being promoted as the ideal place to train for tough Southern Ocean racing.
As Wellingtonions we back that. Wellingtonians sail in tough conditions much of the time. In the early 70's, James and Michael Blunt raced in heavy seas of Paremata despite the coast road being closed to traffic. Their moment of chagrin came as they headed to cross the finish line first. The finish line marker boat up anchored and took off!
A few years later, James and Colin Ketterwell won the Winter Sailing series in the mid 1970's on a Nolex 22. On a round the harbour race in heavy winds and no visibility they crossed the finish line in front of Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club to find they were the only competitors to finish! All had turned back when the race was cancelled due to lack of visibility, strong winds and heavy seas - but the poor visibility had prevented their seeing the cancellation flag. They were awarded the race.
Warwick Collins Universal Hull is an innovation in hull design. This fuses together two classic hull types (the long, thin, easily-driven hull and the beamy commodious hull) in a form which yields the chief virtues of both types of hull. The two hulls are joined above the waterline by a ledge which also acts as a spray ledge. The resulting shape is easily driven because of the long, thin underwater shape but enjoys the accommodation space (above the waterline) of a beamy hull.
Kiwis are favoring Wellington harbour for the new 40FC yacht Take a look at it here: http://www.farrdesign.com/FYS/685_Kiwi_Class_40/Kiwi40FC_brochdef.pdf
Bodacious Dream, the Kiwi 40FC yacht built in Wellington to contest the 2013-14 Global Ocean Race, has been shipped to her new owner in Florida.
Bodacious Dream's American skipper, Dave Rearick, test-sailed the boat extensively on Wellington Harbour for three weeks after Christmas, with the boat producing impressive performances - hitting speeds of 21.7 knots in 25 knots of breeze.
The boat is the third Kiwi 40FC from the drawing board of BT Boats, produced in Wellington by Hakes Marine.
Lapo Ancillotti, director of BTBoats said: "We definitely wanted to design an all-round Class40 and I had the feeling that most of the designs are fairly specialised, specifically for reaching. We wanted to develop a boat that could be raced effectively in many circumstances, short-handed, fully-crewed, inshore and offshore and I think we've really achieved something."
Emirates Team New Zealand racing dragon boats against rugby team Auckland Blues in a best of three challenge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO8v9yL-UbM
The Swedish challenger for the America's Cup is the first syndicate to test a radical wing sail for next year's regatta on San Francisco Bay.Artemis Challenge says it sailed a trimaran with an AC72 wing on Thursday in Valencia, Spain. The 131-foot (40-meter) wing is as tall as a 13-story building. Made predominantly of carbon fiber and looking like an airplane wing, it weighs just more than one ton.
The wing sail will be the primary feature of the 72-foot (22-meter) catamarans that will be used in the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers and the America's Cup match in 2013. In the buildup to 2013, teams are competing in the America's Cup World Series in 45-foot (14-meter) cats.
Next Americas Cup design - 45 foot catamarans with carbon fibre wing sails: Check it out here:
Sailing is not always comfortable and seldom a dry experience - so a salute to the Row For Freedom women's crew, who resolved the dilemma of getting wet and drying clothes. They rowed the Atlantic - naked! http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/16/sport/naked-rowers/index.html