Oslo is an enigma. We do not know who designed her or exactly from which yard she came. She is double ended, constructed double diagonal (glued between without a calico base) from something like mahogany, in Nelson, New Zealand, sometime around 1960. The deck and combings are ply and there is a cosy cockpit between ample seats. Tiller steering, gaff rigged, with an inboard ancient Yanmar YSE8. She is elderly, and previous owners kept her ashore for many years, while they decided what to do with her. She has been damaged, has had rot in key places and much of her original rigging is missing. It took me more than a season of poor tacking to realise that she has to have running backstays, and prefers a smaller jib. But when things are right, she puts her bowsprit down and simply charges along. Deep down I know that I am her weakest link when it comes to speed sailing.  But then, by my nature, I do enjoy simply messing about in boats. If I wanted speed I would have a different boat.

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