A real woollen Viking sail has already been secured for our archaeological replica Saga Gokstad. This due to a generous offer from the Farmann Boat Team.
The Boat Team operates Viking ship Saga Farmann, which is an interpretation of the Klastad ship. (There was not enough left of the original to produce an archaeological replica). Saga Farmann is even fitted out with advanced, electric engines, making her “the most advanced Viking ship in the world.”
Saga Farmann already owns a synthetic fibre sail, judged to be safer and easier to operate during her crew´s training sessions. The fabric for a woollen sail is already ready, after an incredible effort at the loom, mainly by Randi Schøning Olsen from the Oseberg Textile Group.
The sail was originally intended for Saga Farmann, until Farmann Boat Team now offers it to Saga Gokstad (under construction) in exchange for yet another man-made fibre sail. This will cost considerably less, and will be a lot easier to handle and store on board when Saga Farmann in a couple of years sets sail for her long European voyage.
“We are most grateful for the swap suggested by Farmann Boat Team,” says Oseberg Viking Heritage Chair, Einar Chr. Erlingsen. “We will save a lot of money on not having to produce yet another woollen sail. It also gives us more time to search for fundings of both the Gokstad woollen sail and the synthetic one for Farmann.”