The Northwest Multihull
Association will have its monthly meeting next Tuesday April 2 in Seattle
We start off with potluck and meet and greet session at 6:30 pm, club meeting and presentation ~7:30 .
Program should be very interesting for those interested in multihull
roots but most of us have more modern craft*from Brown, to Farriers to Outremers & Catanas so we talk about them too. All are welcome, no charge, no RSVP needed, bring something if you want to potluck with us.
Location: Puget Sound
Yacht Club on Lake Union, 2321 N. Northlake Way, Seattle
Non-Members are always welcome. For more information:www.nwmultihull.org
April 2: “Still Sailing Fast and Far in Ancient Polynesian Proas
presented by Dr. Mimi George from vaka.org
Mimi will show video, diagrams, and slides of construction and sailing of the TePuke and TeAlo designs of outrigged voyaging canoes, and the explanations and demonstrations of the builders and sailors of these vessels. These designs are the ancient heritage of the Polynesian community of Taumako, in the SE Solomon Islands. They are the only Pacific islanders still building, sailing, and navigating using only ancient designs, materials, methods, and tools. *But the vessels do not require money
or high tech equipment
to build or maintain, and theyout-perform modern vessels in many ways. Mimi will show the jobs of crew members and the method of shunting (end to end tacking) will be demonstrated. Mimi will point out aerodynamic and hydrodynamic advantages in the performance of the hull
, the outrigger, and the sail, and discuss whether this design can be built using modern materials. Plan on a lively Q and A discussion!
You can download a fascinating paper she wrote “GAUGING THE PERFORMANCE OF AN ANCIENT POLYNESIAN SAIL”. It’s athttp://www.nwmultihull.org/home. Just look for this photo
of the crabclaw proa, but much smaller.