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Here's something different... An experiment that somehow didn't change the course of sailing history. Bat wing sail built for Alan Powell by Dick Batt. 1987 vintage, from Andrew Eastwood's Canoe history.

By the look of things, assuming its not an illusion and my eyes are deceiving me, he's got something like a wishbone boom on the jib. The search is still on for a decent low windage means of twist control...

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Alan Powell made me a rather nice Firefly rudder a few years ago, and many years before that, was the owner of my 1st Firefly, 2 before me.

I remember those Bat wing sails - a fantastic idea, but I guess it didn't work well enough.

The jib wishbone also looks like it ought to work, but I guess other ideas work better.
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Now that sail is so cool.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote patj Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 14 at 6:15am
And I cropped it and straightened that horizon before I found Roger had posted it! The Pisces is another one not usually seen nowadays.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rogerd Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jul 14 at 1:10pm
Not sure if its 206 or 208 either its a great pic



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I kind of like the kite guy and sheet on the same side of mast!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Rupert Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jul 14 at 3:25pm
Are they on the same side of the mast? Certainly same side of Forestay. Must have seemed an enormous spinnaker when played like that.
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Merlin rules of the time said the kite had to be flown inside the forestay.
 
Notice also no messing about with cleats. I reckon he is holding the jib with his foot.


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It must have been hard work after a capsize. No lifejackets either.
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