The wind blew from the south-east. Light airs, yet steady and sure. With her staysail, mainsail and mizzen set, Birubi swept easily through the moorings. I stood before the mast; the anchor teetered on the bow. My hand rested on the halyard, standing by to drop the mainsail to slow the boat down. Birubi was sailing effortlessly towards the concrete sea wall.

‘Sailing engine-less’ is a tellingly awkward term that has been coined out of necessity in response to modern times. For millennia, seafaring has involved the use of elemental forces, sails and rowing oars for its means of propulsion. ...


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