Chapter 1 – Introduction


Date 1558. Showing typical rig for the medium-sized ship of the period and boat with spritsail (from a Dutch chart of 1558 in C. H. Coote’s collection).

Chapter 1 covers the developments of yachting from an early period with many interesting medieval references to rigs and the development of for-and-aft rigs. The sections are:

  • Initial conditions
  • Early yachtsmen
  • Evolution of the rig

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