I am eager to get going with the paddling race as it is COLD here in St. Michael’s, MD.
[UPDATE] It was me and four kayaks. I got shallaced… again. Time to get my double paddle working with this boat (tried once and I could get my position right). At least the race committee noted I was the only single paddle and called me my own class. So they gave me recognition.
I had not been aware that in the Persian Gulf region they sail modern racing dhows. Imagine a sandbagger crossed with a traditional lateen rig crossed with modern construction and rigging. These look fun fun fun! Fusion of Tradition-y too.
Incidentally, if you want more of a flavor of Fogo Island – or, in fact, if you are in the Chine bLog mindset at all – you MUST go grab yourself a copy of the song “A Boat Like Gideon Brown” off Newfoundland band Great Big Sea’s great album “Sea of No Cares.” Just do it. You will not regret it unless you only like death metal.
I am sitting here watching the race from a distance and realizing a major mistake. I should have either tried to get on one of these boats by calling ahead or, barring that, should have brought my kayak with me. I could be out with the fleet right now. Instead of on a distant deck. Of course its a drift fest, so I am not missing a great race, just a close-up of these boats under sail.
One thing I can tell from here: Phil Bolger’s lovely Light Schooner is a nice pick for such a race. I am looking at one out there and it is doing well.
We are getting ready for the start of the sailing race. I am guessing there are about 40 boats out there with some really great ones among them. If have seen an Oughtred Caledonia Yawl, a couple of sweet sailing canoes, a number of sprit or lug skiffs and such. It’s very cool.
Of course the breeze is minimal and flukey, so I’m not anticipating great action…
Also in the June/July issues of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine I learned about the Mill River Race, a fantastic-sounding race in and around Vinalhaven, ME. Rather than a standard ’round the buoys deal, the race is an out-and-back through narrow passages. In the map below, it seems to start in the Fox Islands Thoroughfare, near the North Haven label, and head Southeast into that tidal river. That just seems tons of fun because it is so unusual and unconstrained – except by raw nature. Quoting from the article: “… things get tight as the dinghies squeeze through tiny passages, some little more than a boat-length wide… small islands and big rocks create random lees…” I dig that.
Here are some race videos. As with much on YouTube, it is really a music video, with the ame footage repeated a few time. No matter, its well done and show the boats going through their paces. They look like a blast.
Here is another video, this of a bigger boat from the Marshalls. This looks like it might be a fishing boat, but it is clear it is pretty fast. Another gem here.