- Approaching Storm
Painting - Oil on Board
61 x 45 cm
The painting depicts Marin-Marie at the helm
of the double ender gaff rigged cutter in 1933 under heavily reefed
canvas crossing the Atlantic with seas increasing ahead of an approaching
storm. The mainsail is fully reefed such that it virtually resembles
a traditional storm trysail, whilst the staysail is also fully reefed
and the storm jib will shortly be taken down.
In his book, Wind Aloft, Wind Alow,
Marin-Marie describes the approaching storm signals and how "…
I have seen the first flash come out of one of those little white
clouds at three in the afternoon, followed by a clap of thunder.
Fifty minutes later the sky is black all over and the wind rising,
and in ten minutes more the full force of it is on you with a roar.
The entire sky is filled with thick cloud, heavily charged with
electricity, completely masking the sun. squall follows squall in
rapid succession, blinding, horizontal; the sea flattens, swept
by the terrific wind…" And of sail changes, "…
I had tried every conceivable combination of sails: No.2 jib, double-reefed
mainsail, reefed staysail, storm jib, third reef in the mainsail,
mainsail down (it was virtually down with three reefs in it); storm
jib down, staysail unbent, mainsail unbent, gaff lashed on deck."
Specifications and details of the Winnibelle:
French designed similar to Norwegian Colin
Archer designed double enders.
Length overall 36ft
Engine - two stroke Societe Lilloise Diesel
Mainsail - Loose footed
Marin-Marie is the name of the marine artist M.M.-M. Durand de
St. Front. Marin Marie initially trained as a French lawyer before
pursuing a full time career as a marine artist. The yacht was
named after his daughter Winnie.
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