A Tiwal onboard a 380
|24 October 2016||Posted by Alex from Lagoon under Travel & Cruising world|
A year ago, we told you of the summer adventures of Christophe, who had chartered a 380 for a week’s sailing off the coast of Brittany. Last August, he set sail once again aboard a 380, accompanied by his family for a week of sailing up rivers and at sea off the coast of Brittany.
For entertainment at anchor, the crew was equipped with a Lagoon Stand-Up Paddleboard, which has become a must-have toy when at anchor, AND the Tiwal inflatable sailing dinghy.
A few years ago, Tiwal, a new partner of Club Lagoon (the Lagoon catamaran owners’ club), launched a small yellow sailing dinghy that brings joy to yachtsmen when at anchor. Capable of use by all and with several on board, both young and old enjoy a little jaunt on board this dinghy.
Being inflatable, the Tiwal is stowed in two bags, ideal for stowage in the forepeak of a catamaran. With a little experience, it takes 20 minutes to fully assemble it, but to have it ready for use, “our tester” left it inflated on the 380’s trampoline.
Christophe’s opinion on this week-long trial:
“When I saw the Tiwal, my first impression was of a not very rigid inflatable beach toy… A kind of small boat for having fun for an hour at most. Well, I was in for a real surprise!
It’s a real sailing dinghy, much better than a mere beach craft. It sails well to windward. It’s great fun, very lively and will even surf! It makes a change from the traditional activities that can be undertaken at anchor. Previously, we had a choice between activities on board the boat or on land. On-water activities such as windsurfing or kitesurfing require a certain mastery and are therefore not suitable for everyone. Today we have the stand-up paddleboard and the Tiwal.”
Moreover, the sailing dinghy also intrigued many yachtsmen who had no hesitation in approaching for a closer look. But unfortunately for them, it was difficult to give up your place on the “little yellow boat”, it was so pleasant and easy to sail. Expert or not, everyone aboard the 380 had adopted it!
For more information on the Tiwal, click here.
If you want to read or reread the article about Christophe’s cruise around Belle-Ile and the Gulf of Morbihan, it’s here.