Category Archives: Racing sailing craft

2018 KSA calendar is out now!

The KSA’s calendar for 2018 is now out, and I don’t doubt it’s just as stunning as usual, and no do doubt features shots from the famous Swale Match.

Copies cost £8.00 from the Faversham Fleur de Lis centre, the Faversham Chandlery or Creek Creative, if you are in the town. If not they’re available by mail order: send a cheque (add £2 for post and packaging) made out to the ‘Kentish Sail Association’ to Geoff Turner, 59 Abbey Street, Faversham ME13 7BN

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Square sails drove small boats before the spinnaker

Before the spinnaker, even small boats sometimes had square sails. Not to mention every duster and teacloth in the house… See examples on the Openboat.au rigs and sails page, with no doubt many more to come. My thanks to designer, boatbuilder and sailmaker Michael Storer for the tip. See his boat plans website and Facebook page.

http://www.openboat.com.au/index.html

 

Schooner Virginia breaks her own record in the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

My friend Mike Goodwin is bubbling: having been involved in building her some years ago, he now crews on board, and this weekend she set a course new record of 11 hours, one minute and 41 seconds in the The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race!

‘We broke our old record and the race record by 17 minutes and 12 seconds,’ he says. ‘What a night it was: we were pushing well above 13 knots at times!

Bubble all you like fella!

Here’s another video for Facebookers.

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