Chris Boxer has written an account of our tandem sail to Poole and back, where we met Amiina and many others. I’m very pleased to have helped him gain experience and confidence. The more junk sailors the better!
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I sailed Tammy Norie from Portsmouth to Poole Harbour for the August bank holiday, in tandem with Chris Boxer aboard Emmelène. It was a weekend of many meetings, but this video shows Tammy, Emmelène, and Edward Hooper’s Amiina.
Amiina has Edward’s latest version of the split junk rig, and Emmelène is using his previous version. Tammy Norie has her original flat Hasler-McLeod rig from 1983, and so this was a rare opportunity to compare rigs on two boats of the same hull. Unfortunately we only had very light winds, and Emmelène’s sail is significantly larger than Tammy’s, so it’s by no means a thorough comparison.
Can Emmelène point higher than Tammy Norie? Not really. Tammy Norie can go very close to the wind, but gets slower and slower. The sail never seems to stop completely. Emmelène, like a Bermudan, seems to have a definite highest angle “groove”. She’s faster than Tammy up to that groove, but stalls and stops above it. This was noticeable when manoeuvering into Portsmouth Harbour entrance in a northerly F5. I wouldn’t say this is a particularly amazing advantage for Tammy, except when manoeuvering under sail.
Is Emmelène faster to windward than Tammy Norie? Definitely in light wind (up to force 4) and probably in general. Emmelène with one panel reefed was about ⅓kt faster over several hours to windward in a F3 crossing Christchurch bay. Emmelène had to drop two panels to stay with Tammy in a F4 from Beaulieu to Lee-on-Solent at about 80° off.
Is Emmelène faster downwind that Tammy Norie? Again, definitely in light wind. Since both sails are in drag mode, this is probably just due to Emmelène’s larger sail area, as seen towards the end of the video.
What is clear is that Edward literally sailed rings around Tammy in Amiina!
All this makes some sort of split more likely in a future rig for Tammy Norie, though I’m likely to go for some sort of compromise or hybrid approach. What I mainly plan to do is experiment, and you’ll read about it here on the blog.
There’s also a photo album of the weekend on Flickr. A more general account of the trip will follow.
Edit: More photos by Edward Hooper, including pictures of Tammy (which are hard to take when you’re sailing her).
I’m planning to sail from the Solent to Purbeck and Poole next weekend in company with Chris Boxer aboard Tammy’s sister Emmelène. This should be a fun outing. I’ll be meeting family there, but more interesting for my readers, this will be a good chance to compare my flat Hasler-McLeod rig with Emmelène’s split rig under a variety of conditions.
Here’s the plan:
- Thursday around 13:00: Tammy and Emmelène rendezvous in the eastern Solent and ride the current to the west. Most likely overnight at Yarmouth, Lymington, or Keyhaven.
- Friday 13:00: Pass through west Solent tide race at slack water and ride the current to Studland Bay.
- Monday 04:00: Catch the tide change to sail back to the west Solent channel before it becomes impassable at around 11:00.
As always, if anyone wants to meet up please get on touch. (My nephew and niece get priority as crew on Tammy Norie, but have not yet confirmed.)
Chris Boxer has written about our recent meeting at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. You can find his post on Emmelène’s blog.
Emmelène has a split junk rig, which means about a third of the sail area is ahead of the mast and formed of conic sections called “jiblets”. These direct airflow over the main part of the panels abaft the mast. The slot effect helps the air stick to the back of the mains and so increases the stall angle, and thus how high you can point. To make this work the luffs of the main sections need to be tight near the mast, like the luff of a Bermudan main.
It’s quite like sailing a stack of small pivoting Bermudan rigs!
It’s often said that the Coromandel’s mast is too far back. Tammy certainly suffers from weather helm, especially on a reach. But Emmelène has none at all. It’s quite spooky.
If anything she could do with moving the centre if effort aft a touch. The sheets are perhaps a little too relaxed and sometimes it was hard to persuade the sail to swing out.
This is no fault of Chris’s. He bought the rig second-hand to replace the poor “hi-power” rig that came with Emmelène. In fact it was the exact rig the Practical Boat Owner featured in their comparison of junk and Bermudan rigs (using identical Splinter 22s I think) a while ago.
I look forward to meeting Chris again and perhaps trying it all out in more varied conditions.