the crab claw sail

an invention of the pacific islanders is great for going from close reaching to downwind -

but those are no points you will have problems with anyway -

you can always put up some reacher - spi - but you don't have to -

an the other hand - being able to go to wind ward - may be a matter of life & dead -

and there the cc is not ideal -

but the western rig is ideally suited for a two way boat like the proa -

having the groove to lee - having smooth air flow on the lee side of the sail -

having the natural ability to shift the ce aft for fast turning on changing directions -

and most of all - having only one fixed mast for safety & simplicity......