COP26 Climate Conference

We are proud and honored to get the opportunity to advocate for climate action as part of the delegation of the Marshall Islands at COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. We had two very nice events where we presented the achievements of Waan Aelõñ in Majel (Canoes of the Marshall Islands) in gaining climate change resilience by reviving the traditional outrigger canoe.

A recorded video of our session is here available on demand (requires free registration).

Proasis at Kiel Climate Week

Proasis will be part of the first Climate Week hosted by the City of Kiel. We will be present with our canoe at the waterfront doing some panel discussions and taking people out for a sail.

Everybody is very welcome to join us for the talking part on land but the space on our boat is limited. Please visit the website of the organizers and make a reservation to catch a ride on proasis.

Performance Measurement

Henrik hast developed a data logger to collect performance data for polar plots for the Marshall Islands project on low carbon sea transport. The loggers collects samples of GPS speed, heading and wind speed and direction simultaneously. The data is collected and will be processed soon!

It is planned to test the device on traditional canoes too.

Sailing with Fjordproa aka. Elliot

We’ve sailed Proasis deep into the Flensburg fjord to meet Lars from fjordproa. Lars recently over Klaus Deppermanns Gilbertese proa “Elliot” (see his old video from the 1990’s) since he retired from sailing. It’s great to finally see Elliot on the water and once again a special occasion to sail together with another canoe!

First Sea-Trial

Last week we left Kiel for the first longer sail on Proasis. Our triangular test course brought us from Surendorf to Marstall (Denmark) to Schleimünde and back to Surendorf. The total distance of approx. 60nm took us two and a halve days due to very light winds (sometimes even no wind).

We spent the nights on anchor exploring places where almost no other vessel can go: Without leeboard and rudders Proasis has a draft of only 15 cm. This allows to anchor in knee-deep water.

On anchor in 30 cm deep water right next to a sand bank.

We are very happy with Proasis’s sailing characteristics. As soon as the wind is above 8 kn she’s easy cruising at 4-6 kn. Top speed at about 15 kn of wind was 8 kn. In lighter conditions she feels underpowered but thats not a surprise, the polytarp sail is only 13 sqm. We might get an assymetric spi in the future.

Wake at 7-8 kn.

The helm needs not much attention, the tiller is simply fixed in a certain position and the boat keeps on sailing on a steady course for hours.

The white line is our adjustable auto pilot.

Proasis sails upwind well at a tacking angle of 115° (could point higher but would loose speed). Thats not exactly where we want to be (100° would be nice) but a good starting point taking into account the cheap and wrinkly polytarp sail and the leeboard issues (see below).

Three upwind legs, the tacking angle can be estimated. Will be optimized in the future.

Shunting turned out to be a very simple and reliable maneuver (at least in winds up to 20 kn, havent tried in stronger winds yet). It never went wrong and can be done singlehanded without any issue. The Rudders are inverted almost automaticly by pulling one line for about 2 seconds.

Ready to shunt the sail. A video and detail explaination of the entire process will follow soon.

The most important downside of every shunting vessel is most likely jibing downwind. Instead of simply shifting the sail from one side to the other, a proa has to come upwind, perfom a shunt and bear away again. Compared to a simple jibe on a conventional yacht thats very slow but we take it as part of the game 🙂

Sailing intoo the Schlei mouth, thunderstorm ahead.

Living on proasis is quite comfortable for two. During the entire trial we never went ashore. Sailing, eating, sleeping and repeat.

Messy bunk, we need to optimize the interieur to keep things organized.

Despite our very pleasant sail, Proasis is not perfect yet. Following tasks are on our list for the next trial:

  • Leeboard: The foil shape is to thick causing lots of drag and poor performance. We have to make it thinner.
  • Mast: Needs some stiffening, we’ve observed to much flex.
  • Sail step: We have to reposition it sligthly further forward to improve the balance of the boat.
  • Interior design: We need more cupboards, hooks ect. to organize our stuff.
  • Electric installation: We have non yet. We plan to install a solar panel, battery, navigation light and charger for chart tablet.