We’d like to introduce you to the newest boat in our fleet. Meet Iolaire (pronounced yawl’-a-rah), which means “eagle” in Gaelic. She is a Scottish sixern, a Shetland Island fishing boat. The sixern is descended from the Norse seksæring, meaning six-oared boat – ancestor of the schooner.
Iolaire only has four oars and is a standing lug-rigged schooner. Her masts are nearly equal in height and both are removable for easy storage.
Built in 1984 for Dr. Kenneth Leighton, author of Oar and Sail (Creekstone Press, 1999), she was also once owned by Maynard Bray’s grandson. We found her in Vermont and she made her way to us this fall.
Our hope is that she’ll be a more stable small boat that we can launch once the big schooner is at anchor – for those who didn’t get enough sailing during the day.