Mighty stuff filmed by Seth Jones – just look at the huge rigs on those slender Chesapeake Bay log canoe hulls, the youngest of which are still old boats in anyone’s terms.
And the choice of music is so much preferable to the techy-synthy-guitary rock so often used to accompany these things. Surely old boats deserve something at least a little apt? Here we have a graceful old boat treated to a little graceful old music…
I can’t imagine whey anyone would not want to do this!
My thanks to Ginny Jones of Vineyard Sailing for spotting these videos about building and sailing these lovely clinker-built racing dinghies. Read more about them here and here.
As usual with these things, I want to have a go at sailing one – preferably this summer in a perfect breeze among lush green landscape and an sun twinkling on that Irish river water… One day!
Lyme Regis is to be the home of the 38ft Bantry Bay gig that represents Great Britain in the two-yearly Atlantic Challenge.
In addition to the Atlantic Challenge, Intégrité will also take part in a new venture, Atlantic Challenge England.
The sail and oar-powered boat was built by the late John Kerr, boat builder and founder of Atlantic Challenge GB, in his workshop in Llandysul, West Wales in 1992.
Real greyhounds of the sea, the Bantry Bay gigs are wooden replicas of late 18th century longboats, and are modelled on an existing original gig left behind in Bantry Bay, Ireland by the invading French fleet of 1796 – if, like me, you don’t remember the story of the French attempt to invade Ireland in that era, there’s a page of information at the Wikipedia.
Some 55 of the boats have been built, often by communities.
Taking care of Intégrité and racing her is to be sister project of the town’s Gig Club, an will have its own committee who will undertake fundraising and oversee the storage, maintenance and management of the gig in partnership with Lyme Regis Development Trust. I understand local boat builder Gail McGarva is very much involved, and that the project is also supported by the Lyme Regis harbour master.
This is number 5 in a series by Hunters Yard about sailing their boats – but there’s lots of good stuff here for the rest of us!
To see the full set, click here and start at the bottom of the page.
Shopping for salt in the next town along the coast? Why not, especially if the weather’s like this?
Over at The Invisible Workshop Ben Crawshaw indulges three of his pleasures, sailing his Light Trow, enjoying a beer with friends and delicious cooking…
Don’t forget his equally delicious-looking book on the Lodestar imprint is now out – click on the advert in the top right hand column of this weblog!
This little table was written for the US version of the West Wight Potter shows how very rapidly the pressure on a sailing rig rises with wind speed in mind – and similar tables could be drawn up for other sailing boats.
It comes from Many Ways to Potter, a handy guide to sailing these little centreboard sloops that includes lots of good advice for those sailing other small boats, including on how to manage in strong winds and rough water. Read it here.
Thanks for pointing this one out Paul Mullings!