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Lifting Keel

Award Highest Technical Achievement

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This Is Us (Formerly Skylge)

The enormous sail area of a schooner encourages leeway, yet when the keel and rudder are engineered to compensate, a schooner has unbeatable power off the wind.

Balancing these forces is a part of the process, however “This is Us” breaks new ground as the first schooner with a lifting keel.  A carefully developed design in conjunction with
 Frans Brandjes Engineering locks the dart-shaped, 35 ton keel into the hull in the down position to 
complete a structural “circuit”.

The system has worked flawlessly since commissioning, and the helm is 
so well balanced that the140-ton schooner can actually steer herself for long periods upwind.

This system was extensively tested in the Wolfson Unit wind tunnel.

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