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  • 21 Jul 2012 14:39
    Reply # 1016177 on 1013089
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

                                                                             Stavanger, Sat

    In my country a number of wooden vessels have been restored and rigged to anything from perfectly authentic, (.. like the engineless rescue boat Stavanger from 1900; see link to Youtube clip) to weird fantasy things.

    The owners often keep a high (salty) profile in harbour, but my experience is that most of these "restored" boats seem to move 5 miles under engine for each mile they are sailed with the engine shut off. I hope that Larinda is a real sailer and not just a harbour queen or motor ship in disguise.

    My point is not that I dislike boats that look "rustic", spectacular or eccentric, but rather that a plain well-performing junk rig fitted to a well-known production boat does a lot more to make other sailors consider the rig for their own boats. Annie’s Fantail shows that performance and great looks can be combined.


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  • 21 Jul 2012 05:39
    Reply # 1015963 on 1013089
    I have also had the good fortune to spend some time aboard 'Larinda' - with Bob and Kathy.  She is a truly stunning creation and it was a huge privilege to be invited to see her.  Apparently she has been round Cape Horn 3 times, so the rig obviously works. The mainsail is huge and very daunting to a timid soul such as myself, but for all that it was gratifying to see it drop down and fall neatly into its lazyjacks, just like the much smaller sail that I'm used to.  Art and his team have put an astonishing amount of love, labour and faith into this reincarnation and I'm delighted to hear that they should be ready to get to Halifax to join the other Tall Ships there. 
  • 20 Jul 2012 20:20
    Reply # 1015747 on 1013089
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    The Larinda is a total fantasy and trying to find one source of inspiration is impossible. The sail plan originates, apparently, from a fairy tail titled the "Little Grey Men" and it works. This boat shows how flexible a junk rig can be. She is one impressive lady. Her volunteer restorers and crew are to be commended.
  • 20 Jul 2012 19:55
    Reply # 1015722 on 1013089
    Thanks.  Wikepedia states "inspired by" whereas the newspaper article states "a replica of".  As Sir Robert Mark wrote in his autobiography:  "never believe anything that your read in the newspaper except the date and the lighting up time."  jds   
  • 20 Jul 2012 16:21
    Reply # 1015590 on 1013089
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    There's a Wikipedia page on Larinda, if that helps.
    I wondered if the original was junked too (which would make it a Lorcha?), but it wasn't.
  • 20 Jul 2012 16:08
    Reply # 1015580 on 1013089
    Very interesting, thanks.  However, a "replica of a 1767 Boston schooner" with a junk rig.  Really ?!  Western junk rig in 1767 ?  Would anyone who knows more than I do about this  (which is not hard because I know nothing !) care to comment please ?  jds
  • 20 Jul 2012 12:09
    Reply # 1015388 on 1013089
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    While not a splash down but more of a Rise Again, Larinda, owned and operated by new JRA member Art Scott, is afloat after a tragic sinking during Hurricane Juan in Halifax a nine years ago. She will be part of the Tall Ships Festival in Halifax starting today. We had the opportunity to visit Larinda on a couple of occasions and can testify to the intricate wood work of this Grand Dame and the vast amount of work that has been done to restore her.

    There is a Good Article and Pictures of this large junk rig.

    Congratulations Art on bringing Larinda back into the world of sailing.

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  • 20 Jul 2012 11:16
    Reply # 1015349 on 1013089
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I bet Marie G will be sensational, probably the fastest monohull sloop-rigged junk ever. The first test sail in F3 winds weren't enough to show her potensial, but she was still fast, over 5 kts. Handling and tiller balance was just right and above all she had this effortless way of moving. She didn't feel that fast until checking the GPS.

    The 20mm carbon mast surely is lighter than our usual wooden poles so Marie G has a faster natural roll rate. That reduced weight and windage of the mast will of course be helpful when sailing close-hauled.

    Marie G surely will turn heads wherever she shows up. Now with 55sqm in 8 batten panels the SA/disp will be over 27! A fine example of moderate hot-roding; MG is still a very well-behaved lady.

    Good luck! Arne

    Last modified: 20 Jul 2012 11:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • 19 Jul 2012 20:54
    Reply # 1014745 on 1013089
    Hi Ketil,
    Well done, that's fast after receiving the mast!
    Did you add an extra panel to your sail as you planned earlier? 
    Hope the race will show the rig is competitive.
  • 19 Jul 2012 19:57
    Reply # 1014703 on 1013089
    Marie G was sailed yesterday for the first time. Arne was joining me as I had a few lines to correct. The upper sheeting lines was a bit short, but otherwise she showed good promise on speed. Now I will have to finetune the sail and reset the instruments. The first race starts on Friday the 27th at 1900 hrs. It is a 55NM long race during the night, so it can be a challenge to stamnia and being alert in wee hours of morning when the wind is feeble. The Junk Rig is outstanding in theese conditiones as "the barndoor" catches every litte draft when the spinnakers will not set.
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