Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Jangadas Again

Do check out the April 1 post on jangadas at http://rowingforpleasure.blogspot.com/ . Nice photos, and very nice Brazilian music with more jangada photos in the YouTube clip.

I had meant to discuss just a couple more details of the jangada's rig in my last post, but the subject got away from me, so here they are:
  • The upper end of the mast is apparently very flexible: it appears bent severely back in every photo I've seen, and I presume that the bend is put there by tension on the mainsail's leech.
  • The loose-footed sail is huge, but since it's made of muslin, it probably lets a good deal of wind through. The Jangadieros carry a carved wooden scoop with which they throw water on the sail to swell the fibers and make it a bit less porous to the wind.
  • Most or all of the sails have advertisements printed on them. According to Hollander, savvy marketers in Brazil, who recognize the value of such a picturesque, tradition-laden image, provide the jangadieros with the sails for free.
All for now.


  1. "Four Men on a Raft" Orson Welles film about the jangadeiros can now be found on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpdxGygXPzM

  2. Its been awhile but I bring interesting news about the jangada. Everyone knows the old raft was made from the logs of a Tibuou tree. Artisans choose a suitable tree then cut it down into logs. Apparently, there's a "greener" way that does not include destroying the tree. http://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/index.php?s=films_details&pg=33&id=2736#.VNLJ5Z3F98E