Story: Sailing and windsurfing

Akarana (1st of 3)


The Akarana was built by Robert Logan to compete in Australia’s centennial regatta in 1888. It is shown on Sydney Harbour in 1893, after being sold to an Australian. In Great Britain and the United States, keel yachts were built to the Thames rule, an archaic formula which required a narrow beam. To regain stability, yachts were heavily ballasted with lead. They were not very seaworthy. Most New Zealand boat builders ignored this rule, but one of the few built to the correct dimensions was the Akarana.

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Reference: 13739/Akarana/BW
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Harold Kidd, 'Sailing and windsurfing - 1880s: increasing sophistication', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Harold Kidd, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jun 2016