Category Archives: Rigging

Kalmar Nyckel – A Tall Ship with a Broad Reach

Here is a short video about the Kalmar Nyckel, a replica of Dutch built pinnace purchased by Sweden in the mid-1600s. What makes the Kalmar Nyckel so fascinating for me is that while there are a goodly number of 18th … Continue reading

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Vendee Globe, Volvo Ocean, & AC 2021– Are Foiling Monos the Future of Yacht Racing?

Almost two years ago, we raised the question — Are the new foiling Open 60 monohulls “the future of ocean racing or [are they] a foil too far?” The results of the Vendee Globe around-the-world, single-handed race last January may have … Continue reading

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Inflated Wing Sail — Rig of the Future?

Here is a fascinating new approach to the design of a mast and sail. The developers at Next Technologies claim that their Inflated Wing Sail (IWS) is stable in every wind conditions and offers a smooth balanced new way of … Continue reading

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Report on Clipper Round the World Race Deaths Released

The Clipper Round the World Race is a race around the world held every two years sailed with a professional captain and paying amateur crews. In nine races starting in 1996, the contests were sailed without loss of life. That tragically changed … Continue reading

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On the 100th Anniversary — Jellicoe & the Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland, which was fought 100 years ago today, was one of the greatest modern sea battles and arguably, changed the course of World War I.  In the battle, 250 ships, manned by 10,000 sailors fought for 12 … Continue reading

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Keel Laying for the Star Clipper’s Near-Replica of France II

In May, we posted that Star Clippers is building the world’s largest square-rigged passenger ship, a near-replica of the five-masted barque France II commissioned in 1911.  Last week, the keel of the as of yet unnamed ship was laid in the Brodosplit … Continue reading

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Friday Evening at the Sultana Downrigging Weekend, Chestertown, MD

A beautiful Friday evening at the Sultana Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, MD. The schooner Sultana, launched in Chestertown, Maryland, in 2001, serves as an educational vessel for schoolchildren as it travels around the Chesapeake Bay. Now in its fifteenth year, … Continue reading

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Trucker’s Hitch — What Does the Knot Say?

You may recall the Norwegian comedy team Ylvis from their viral hit, “What Does the Fox Say?,” which was viewed more than a half billion times on Youtube. One of their more recent music videos, released in September, is on … Continue reading

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Kalmar Nyckel — Round Tops, Sprit Topmast & Radar

I am fond of one photo I took of the Kalmar Nyckel  at the Sultana Downrigging Weekend in Charlestown, MD last weekend.  It shows two sailors, who appear to be starting to downrig the sprit topsail yard. They are standing … Continue reading

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Sultana Downrigging Weekend, Chestertown, MD

Photos from the Sultana Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, MD. A touch rainy, cold and windy but still a great time. Along with the schooner Sultana were the pinnance Kalmar Nyckel,  and the schooners Lady Maryland, Pride of Baltimore II and A.J. Meerwald.  A … Continue reading

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Sultana Downrigging Weekend — Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival

Downrigging is one of those necessary chores on a sailing vessel at the end of a season before the winter sets in. The good folks at the Sultana Education Foundation have turned the necessary and often bittersweet chore of downrigging the … Continue reading

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Crow’s Nests : Part 2 — Floki, Ravens and Fighting Tops

The crows nest, as a shelter for the lookout on whaling ships sailing the icy waters of the Arctic, was by all indications, invented by Captain William Scoresby around 1807.  (See yesterday’s post:  Crow’s Nests : Part 1 — Melville & … Continue reading

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Climbing to the Royal Yard on the Whaleship Charles W. Morgan

Great video of climbing to the royal yard on the Charles W. Morgan. Atop the world on the Charles W. Morgan

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Don’t Lean on the Running Rigging

This video has been around for some time, but I smile every time I see it.  Yes, it is in Dutch, but that hardly matters. Watch until the end.  The journalist is interviewing the mayor of the city of Kampen, … Continue reading

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Port Strike Ends & How Containerization Shaped the Modern World

The eight day port strike on the West Coast is over, thank goodness. On November 27th, a group of 450 clerks in the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, who had worked without a contract for over two years, walked out. … Continue reading

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Knots on Mars! Hard to Improve on a Clove Hitch and a Reef Knot

There is a wonderful discussion on the International Guild of Knot Tyers Forum titled “Knots on Mars! (and a few thoughts on NASA’s knots)” by Dfred.   I had never given much thought as to  how cable bundles on satellites and space craft … Continue reading

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Honoring the Bicentenial of the War of 1812 with the Captain and Crew of Lynx “America’s Privateer”

On April 14th, at the Mystic Seaport Museum there will be a celebration of the anniversary of the War of 1812 with the captain and crew of the Lynx, “America’s Privateer.”   Historian and award winning author, William H. White, will be … Continue reading

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How to Tie the Celtic Heart Knot (and Happy Valetine’s Day)

Happy Valentines Day to all.  In honor of the day, here is a video by Tying It All Together showing how to tie a Celtic Heart Knot. How to Tie the Celtic Heart Knot by TIAT (A Knotty Valentine) [iframe: width=”560″ … Continue reading

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Essential Knots & Hitches You May Never Need : The Highwayman’s Hitch

Everyone should know at least a few knots and hitches. The square knot, the bowline, and clove hitch come immediately to mind. Then there are all the other “essentials” that you may never need but are great to know.  One good example … Continue reading

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The ‘impossible’ voyage of a Tamil ghost ship

Despite all odds, earlier this month, 492 Tamil refugees arrived in Vancouver in an old and barely seaworthy ship, then named the Sun Sea.  The Tamil Ghost ship, as she has been dubbed,  had been intermittently tracked by the maritime authorities of various nations as she … Continue reading

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