37 ft 2 in
2 ft 6 in
This Large Proa, among the most sophisticated and certainly the fastest sailing boat in the museum, comes from Kiribati, pronounced Kiribus since it is derived from Gilberts, the southernmost islands in what used to be called the Gilbert and Ellice Group.
Being a Proa it goes both ways, the bow and stern depending upon which way it is going at the time, but the outrigger must always be kept to windward.
Those who sail a Proa like this one need to be every bit as agile as the dinghy racers in this country, as to keep the boat ‘flying’ or going its fastest, the outrigger should be clear of the water, with the crew dancing in and out of the grid to keep it that way. This is the ideal although cannot be achieved for long periods and certainly not in working boats making a passage.
Britania was built for racing but is in all vital respects similar to a working boat for, as in many parts of the world, the racing craft originally evolved from a local working boat.
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