September’s 3rd Friday Speaker: Brion Toss

September_Brion Toss aboard barque James Craig
Brion Toss (left) aboard the barque James Craig outside of Sydney, Australia. –Ewa Korczynski photo.

Each month CWB finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7pm to 9pm, with opportunities to ask questions. September’s 3rd Friday presentation will be held on September 16th.

We usually think of traditional rigging as being about manual skills – seizings, splices, service, etc. – but, in practice, the art has always had a strong technical component. It has always required its practitioners to have a grounding in geometry, hydrostatics, and economics, among other disciplines. In other words, it has always demanded headwork as well as handwork.

This still is true; however, nowadays we have new materials and new technologies to make use of that can blend seamlessly with a traditional approach to rigging.

Northwest rigging guru Brion Toss of Port Townsend will talk about these new options and how riggers are applying them to all kinds of sailing vessels, from large square-riggers to contemporary cruising boats to racing multihulls.

As a special treat, Brion will have copies of the still-warm-from-the-printers second edition of his book, Rigger’s Apprentice, available for sale and signing.

The event is free (donations are welcome) and light refreshments will be available.

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