Posted by: Alan Richards | October 10, 2010

Day 537 – Ordering Sails

We are getting ready to place the order with the sailmaker.  First we had to test the bendiness of the main yard and the mizzen mast by hanging a weight (a bucket of water) from the spar.

The results were:  The main yard with 28lb water (85SF sail area x 1/3) placed at the point the halyard attaches to the yard deflected 5/16″.  The mizzen mast with 7.5 lb water (15SF sail area x 1/2) placed at mid point deflected 1/8″.

Tammie Norrie

Several people have asked about the name Tammie Norrie and what it means:  I found the following interesting explanation on Wikipedia:

A Tammie norrie (Fratercula arctica) is ony o three kins o auk (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula (Laitin: wee brither — mibbes referin tae their black an white feathers, that leuks like monastic clouts) wi a brichtly lit beak at breedin time. They are pelagic seabirds that maistlins eats bi doukin intil the sea. They breed in muckle colonies on seawart cleuchs or islands, nestin in craggy scores or in bourie ben the yird.
Aw three species o tammie norrie haes muckle beaks. They tyne the littit ooter pairts o their beaks efter breedin time, an is left wi smawer an mair dreich beaks. Their wee weengs is makkit for soumin wi a fleein gate unner the watter. In the lift, they muive their weengs fast (up tae a hunder times a meenit) in fast flicht, aft fleein laich ower the sea.


  1. Excellent description in the Scottish vernacular.

    In short, Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Puffin.

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