Wednesday, 21 May 2008

1938 kite rig by J.T. Rowland

1938 Yachting magazine article.
I include this article because of the obvious derivation of this experimental rig from the Polynesian oceanic lateen and to illustrate my point that there really is not much new under the sun.
Collection of Mike Toy

The following are J.T.Rowland's old US Patent applications for the Kite rig.

I hope to finalize my references and post an account of Admiral Lord Cochrane who, in 1820, sailed a 36 gun Royal Navy frigate across the Atlantic. En route to Britain from the Caribbean he describes how he ordered the construction of a large kite made from a mizzen tops'l which was successfully flown ahead of the ship.
Cochrane was the man upon whom the C.S. Forester character Horatio Hornblower was based.

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Toroa by Harmen Hielkema & Mike Toy.

Header Photo: Toroa at Rawene by Julie Holton.

This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father Roelof Hielkema who instilled in me the willingness to learn.
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