Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Small Water Sailing Redux

I wrote about River Sailing about a year ago. I also post regularly on scows. In a pleasant juxtaposition, here are two videos featuring narrow water sailing in two very different traditional scow types.

The first is a short video of a camp-cruise somewhere on the rivers of Holland. Of interest is the pram bowed, open decked, sloop rig, double leeboard craft these lads are sailing. Looks to be a very capable dinghy cruiser for small water. Anyone out there in the bloggoshpere have anything to add on the design and make of this traditional Dutch sailboat?

Reader JotM came back with an answer in a flash.... pulling his comment over to the front page "The boat in the first clip is a "Lelieschouw", the first one-design in use with the Dutch Sea Scouts. The first one was commissioned in 1949. In 1955 it's successor, the "Lelievlet" was introduced. While only about 80 of the first were build there are now about 1600 of the latter.

http://nl.scoutwiki.org/Lelieschouw
http://nl.scoutwiki.org/Lelievlet

Both are just about indestructible.


TOH to reader JotM for the insight!

(According to Wikipedia, The etymology of the word 'scow' is from the Dutch word 'schouwe'.)





And another video on a small water sailboat I've already featured in this blog; the traditional Brigham scow sailing on the impossibly narrow River Hull.

1 comment:

JotM said...

The boat in the first clip is a "Lelieschouw", the first one-design in use with the Dutch Sea Scouts. The first one was commissioned in 1949. In 1955 it's successor, the "Lelievlet" was introduced. While only about 80 of the first were build there are now about 1600 of the latter.
http://nl.scoutwiki.org/Lelieschouw
http://nl.scoutwiki.org/Lelievlet

Both are just about indestructible.