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To Purbeck with Emmelène

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.)

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Emmelène meets Tammy Norie

Chris Boxer has written about our recent meeting at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. You can find his post on Emmelène’s blog.

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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!

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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.

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I look forward to meeting Chris again and perhaps trying it all out in more varied conditions.

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A full set of photos is on Flickr. And a set of photos taken by Chris.

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A Trip to St Kilda on The “Wylde Swan” 17th July 2015

Years ago I started teaching myself to play the mandolin, and downloaded a few of Kevin MacLeod’s tracks from Mandolin Café. When I made my video about the trials of my Hebridean recently I wrote to Kevin and asked him if I might use one of his tracks. He kindly agreed. Since then I’ve had a poke around on his site and discovered numerous sailing videos in my favourite cruising grounds.  Take a look at this, and just as importantly, listen to that heavenly music!

Note that Kevin MacLeod isn’t Kevin MacLeod.

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2015-09-15 · 23:15

A tour of Siskin

Here are a few notes and photos about the Newbridge Coromandel Siskin, owned by Antoine Maartens. They might be of interest to other Coromandel owners, and worth comparing with my previous notes about Gaspar and Sinobee.

Siskin seems to be pretty much in original condition, except for the mast.  Here are port and starboard views of her in dock at Huizen.

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She has this mysterious addition that Antoine described as “useless” but I was never quite sure what it was for. Antoine?

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Antoine said the mast had some strange modifications. It has a label from Proctor masts (like Tammy Norie’s) but was apparently made of two parts grafted and rivetted together.  I don’t have any pictures of this, but Antoine might be able to contribute some. He divided the mast and installed a hinge similar to Tammy Norie’s with a sleeve over the top. I don’t have photos of that either, I’m afraid. We were quite busy doing the rigging when we met.

I do have these pictures of Siskin’s mast step.

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This has been considerably reinforced from the simple bracket and bolt that appears on Tammy Norie and Gaspar.

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Siskin also has some carefully crafted blocks at the mast partners, that can barely be called wedges at all.

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Sinobee has something similar.

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Siskin’s mast cone also shows signs of repair and reinforcement. That’s the third Coromandel I’ve seen with this a reinforced cone. I recommend that all Corormandel owners reinforce their cones!

Those are the main interesting points I saw when looking at Siskin. I’m hoping Antoine will write up an account of the work he had done to her. He said that when he first got her home she was in a terrible state. I’d like to read the story in more detail.

I’ve put all the photos I have of Siskin in the Flickr album “Newbridge Coromandel Siskin” so that you can study them.

Do post questions in the comments section.  Antoine reads this blog and will likely answer them.

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Tammy Norie and Siskin

It was the chance to meet Siskin and her owner, Antoine, that made me even think of going to the Netherlands this year. I ended up meeting and making many friends, but sailing Tammy Norie and Siskin together was the biggest goal. We had two great days sailing and a lot of fun.

I sailed into Huizen in the afternoon of 2015-08-22 and moored up next to Dulcibella, an immaculate Drascome belonging to Antoine’s brother, Marcel.

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And then it was over to the next pontoon to take a look at Siskin. At that point her sail was off, and none of her halyard, sheet, topping lifts, or even mast lift were rigged. We soon sorted that out!

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Antoine has modified his mast in a way that’s quite similar to Tammy Norie’s, and so it was quick work to fold it down and get all the lines in place. We had a lovely feast of mussels with Antoine and Marcel and their spouses, and a lot of boat chat. It was really great to meet them all.

Late in the morning, after a few more fixes, Antoine and I sailed our boats out of Huizen.  Antoine at the controls for the first time.

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How proud and happy he was.

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We rafted up for some lunch, and soon after we were joined by Marcel on Dulcibella.

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We spent the evening in Kinselmeer, just east of Amsterdam, and caught the fireworks from SAIL Amsterdam 2015.

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Antoine tried out Eaglet.

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And we were joined by a swimmer from a nearby Etap.  I went to visit them and they showed me how the boat had foam-filled compartments to make it unsinkable.

In the morning there was a strong wind from the east, and Antoine didn’t seem sure that we could sail out of the narrow exit to the Kinselmeer. I was sure I could do it, and soon enough he found out that flat sailed junk rigs certainly can go to windward!

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The Markermeer was rough with steep short waves, as I’d been warned, and I was soaked with warm water several times as we reached north to Edam. It was an excellent day.

And here’s video of Tammy and Siskin together.

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A tour of Gaspar

Newbridge Coromandel Gaspar (sail number 100) is for sale at Andy Seedhouse in Woodbridge. I took the opportunity to have a look around her, since I know at least one person who’s expressed interest, and highlighted differences from Tammy Norie and other Coromandels I’ve seen.

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All the photos are in my Flickr album “Newbridge Coromandel Gaspar” and the description of each has my comments.

You might also like to compare her with Sinobee in my album “Visiting Sinobee in Brighton”.

I’ll shortly gather together pictures I took of Antoin Maarten’s Siskin as well and link them from here.

I’m in contact with two other Coromandel owners, and one ex-owner, but haven’t seen their boats. There does seem to be quite a variety in the layout of fittings.

Incidentally, Dylan Winter has an interview with Andy Seedhouse in his video about the Deben. The whole thing is worth a watch.

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Wild Song’s final reckoning

I found the sailing blog of Wild Song via a reply to my YBW thread. It’s a good read in general, but the final post is very useful indeed. Here are a few extracts that I found particularly helpful.

Ocean sailing is much easier than you think. You spend too much time in advance worrying about bad weather when your time would be better spent considering light airs. […] Light airs do more damage to boats than heavy weather. Sheets fray and chafe, shackles work lose, knots come undone.

Junk rigs don’t suffer quite the same problems as Bermudans, but one serious problem is repeated “slatting” (knocking) of the battens against the mast. I’ve also noticed the sail swinging, rubbing the battens and making the parrels chafe the mast like saws. Sacrificial painting of the mast might be a good idea, but it might also be worth inserting sacrificial material between the mast, battens, and parrels when the wind is light.

I have learned that it doesn’t matter what boat you have.

Whatever boat you have you must know it inside out. […] You have to know every nut and bolt of every bit of kit, every rattle in the boat, every sound she makes, and then you instantly know when something is not quite right. It takes time- there’s no other way. But once you have that knowledge you can relax.

This is one reason I’m very pleased to have a small and simple boat. I will be able to know every part of it very well and carry spare parts and repair kits for almost everything.

I never reckoned on how much time would be spent doing nothing. Plan for boredom.

I’m very hard to bore. Wild Song’s skipper lists thing for consumption but I know that I must take things for construction.

I think the AIS receiver is possibly the greatest safety device of modern times.

I’m trying to avoid electronic gadgets, even though I’m a lifelong computer geek. But I have been thinking about AIS. So far I haven’t found something compact, waterproof, and portable, which is what I’d prefer. I really just want it for the proximity alarm and nothing else.

Do astro navigation. It’s rewarding to learn you way round the sky, and it takes up an enormous amount of time.

I love the night sky, and from the sea it’s absolutely magnificent. This will be no chore at all.

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