Shawn, the Sunfish uses a modern lateen, which has an additional spar along the foot of the sail, similar to the crab claw sail traditionally used on the proa (ones that shunt). Check out My2fish for more information on Sunfish sailing. The photo above came from his blog.
Italian fishermen sailing a felluca on San Francisco Bay "Il Mascalzone Audi Ispano-americano vuole navigare le prossimo Americhe Tazza in San Francisco. Come il difensore di a tempo di record, Oronato vuole un luogo di ritrovo con lo stile e la grazia. Solo San Francisco ha l'hertitage italiano che può ospitare la nostra squadra per un avvenimento così bello."There is an Italian sailing heritage that connects Italy to San Francisco.
It wasn't long before Italian fishermen had established themselves in fishing villages from Eureka to Benicia, Martinez, Pittsburg, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, San Diego and Monterey. By the 1880's, California had become a leading fishery and its coastal waters were dominated by Italian fishermen and their graceful sailing "felucca's"
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is bringing the America's Cup trophy to San Francisco, and as victor in the prestigious international yacht race, could choose to hold the next race in the Bay Area. We discuss the race, today's high-tech sailing vessels and the behind-the-scenes technical and legal maneuvers by the captains.
This video is a preview of the 2010 TRIAK. It features the new float design, new bow design, stepped-mast with loose-footed full-batten mainsail, and spinnaker snuffer. It also features the new dagger-board and larger rudder. Check out the Slideshow too.
Now kiss the cup and say goodnight. I wonder if the guys over at the St. Francis are kicking themselves? The best thing to come out of this "race" is that the little Golden Gate Yacht Club has bragging rights over the snobby St. Francis.