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Tammy, Emmelène, and Amiina

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).

Edit 2: Amiina (with the sail that’s currently on Emmelène) was featured in a side-by-side comparison of the junk and bermudan rigs in Practical Boat Owner, 2014-11-05.

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2017-09-04 · 14:14

The worthy Hebridean

Two years on from building a Hebridean self steering system, I talk about the latest modifications, and show how well the system is working in practice.

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2017-09-01 · 19:53

Tammy meets Mr Fox

I met Chris Edwards and his self-converted Red Fox Vision at Newtown Creek on the Isle of Wight, and we sailed in tandem up to Southampton Water.

There are also photos on Flickr, but this is my favourite.

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Apparently there are only five Red Fox Vision yachts in existence, and Chris is very lucky to have this one. It’s one of those smart and innovative designs that didn’t appeal to the conservative yachtsman. Just the sort of thing for a radical junk rigger!

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2017-08-23 · 17:37

Michel’s videos of Tammy Norie

Antoine Maartens has uploaded a few videos of Tammy Norie taken by his brother Michel.

Sailing past Dulcibella on the way from Huizen to Kinselmeer.

Sailing in to Kinselmeer to meet Siskin and Dulcibella, with commentary in Dutch by Michel. Shows me coming alongside under sail, and how easy it is to do with the junk rig.

You can also see some videos of Tammy’s sister Siskin over on Antoine’s channel.

Thank you Antoine and Michel!

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2015-09-22 · 08:15

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

The Trials of my Hebridean

I have finally edited the video footage of my various trials of my Hebridean self steering system during and after my Netherlands cruise. This is a system I built over two weeks in July. Here’s the result.

Here are a few things I mention in the video that are worth repeating.

  • When I set off, my Hebridean was not complete and I had no experience with wind vanes.
  • This is a story about my Hebridean on my boat.
  • Very small boats and junk rigs may require mods to the plans.
  • I should have spent more time experimenting with the bungee.
  • Don’t copy me until you have tried the system according to the plans.

Thank you everyone for your help and support with this project. Special thanks to John Fleming for showing great patience when dealing with me. Paul Thompson for keen technical insight. And Stephen Crowther for useful observations and support.

I’m sure the story’s not over yet, but part one is complete.

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2015-09-14 · 21:42

To Netherland

I have quite a lot of video from my Netherlands cruise, but not much where I’m talking about the journey or the boat. So I’ve decided to put together some “flavour” videos to frame everything. Here’s the first, with highlights of the outward journey.

Music is the excellent Flying Journey by Reasy.

More to come.  I do have some talking video too and I’ll edit that too.

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2015-09-13 · 23:18