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THE LATEEN SAIL : THE CHARM OF THE PAST

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The lateen sail, originally born in Arabia, spread over the Mediterranean Sea since 9th century and nowadays it knows a strong revival. The lateen sail is typical of a big yard, diagonally hoisted on the mast, which support the big triangular sail in addition to a front jib.
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Categories: Marine & Boat, Sea, Tourism, Travel, Sea sports, Outdoor, Photography
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Contrary to what you could easily think, the lateen sail does not take its name from Latin people, but from the triangular shape of the sails (“vela a la trina” in Italian), that allows a distinction from others rectangular or trapezoid sails.
The lateen sail is typical of a big yard, diagonally hoisted on the mast, which support the big triangular sail in addition to a front jib.
The lateen sail is originally Arab and it spread over the Mediterranean Sea at the beginning of 9th Century; today it knows a strong revival, particularly in Sardinia. The “Lateen sail regatta” in Stintino is the contest that, 25 years ago, enhanced the renown of the world of the lateen sail. Later on followed furthers regattas, whether in Sardinia (in Carloforte, La Maddalena, Alghero, Bosa, Porto Torres) or in other Italian regions (Tuscany, Liguria, Sicily and Campania) as well as in others countries such as France (St.Tropez), Spain (Balearic Islands) and Tunis.

A lateen sail regatta gathers various ship classes, defined according to the hull’s shape and dimension (square or round stern); the most famous classes are the ship’s boat, the “gozzo”, the sailer, etc.