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Old 04-08-2013
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18ft skiff sailing

Talking about speed sailing one of the boats that comes to mind is 18ft Skiff Well not that skiff is exactly a type of boat and the origins of the name are really curious (from Wikipedia):

""skiff" comes from the Middle English skif, which derives from the Old French esquif, which in turn derives from the Old Italian schifo, which is itself of Germanic origin (German Schiff). "Ship" comes from the Old English "scip", which has the same Germanic predecessor".

Eh! a popular name that circulated in many languages of old Europe and after all has the same origin as Ship.

The word exists in Portuguese almost in its original Latin form: Esquife. It means two things, on its original meaning, the small boat old sailing ships carried as a "dinghy" that also served to pull the ship when there was no wind and as a word for coffin, maybe because the shape is similar or maybe because on some old European cultures sailors and warriors were "buried" in boats.

Anyway the word today means also fast sailing boats and not only today:

Today is also a spectacular class race. Some recent movies that show that, I mean spectacle :


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Last edited by PCP; 04-08-2013 at 07:04 AM.
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