Our sails end up in odd places and odd circumstances; the more so and you are more likely to find a sailor completely passionate about the sport as in the case of our friend Gordon.
Living in New England is not conducive to year round sailing but he has managed to log to date 9338 days of sailing going back to 1987 when he finished dead last in the 210 National Championships where he vowed to sail every day until he won. This works out to an incredible 291 days a year average and this in a place where 4 months of the year the high temperature is 40f / 4.4c for 4 months of the year.
His goal is hit the 10,000 days sailing next year and of course using his new Neil Pryde Bermuda Sunfish sail.
We think he'll make it!
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Neil Pryde has worked closely with Howard Rice on his newest boat the Southern Cross and his latest voyage through southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego on a 12'/3.6m boat! You can follow this amazing adventure/voyage on Howard's blog: http://thepocketyacht.blogspot.com/
The boat is the Scamp sailboat; plans and details for this home build boat can be found through our friends at: http://smallcraftadvisor.com/scamp-sailboat/
The Scamp as normally configured has a single lug sail but for this voyage Howard has gone to a split rig or Gaff Yawl. This will give him much more flexibility in sail trim for balance and safety. We tailored the sails for the new rig design and built them in a rugged 6oz tanbark colored dacron.
As you would expect, the finishing of the sails was also on the rugged side with extra heavy threads and additional reinforcements throughout the sail. The tanbark is easy on the eyes when on the sea for long periods and we think looks great with the color scheme of the Southern Cross.
We wish Howard all the best and look forward to following the adventure.
One of Malingri's sails.Vittorio Malingri broke a sailing record from Marseille to Cartago in Tunisa of record established by French sailors Yvan Bourgnon and Jérémie Lagarrigue, on a 20 foot open catamaran he built.
A YouTube video with more information.