Maltese Falcon passing Colombier The Maltese Falcon racing past Anse Colombier on St. Barths on a windy day with all sails up. She was incredibly fast and was soon out of sight.
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Maltese Falcon passing Colombier
Maltese Falcon at sail The Maltese falcon under sail between St. Martin and St. Barths
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Maltese Falcon at sail
Maltese Falcon in Falmouth The Maltese Falcon alongside the docks in Falmouth Harbour in Antigua. The masts ostensibly too the entire carbon-fiber production of one factory one year to produce.
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Maltese Falcon in Falmouth
Maltese Falcon at the dock The sails unfurl from the curved booms and the whole mast turns around it's axis in order to catch the wind at the correct angle.
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Maltese Falcon at the dock
Maltese Falcon Masts The massive unstayed masts soar above the docks at Falmouth Harbour in Antigua
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Maltese Falcon Masts

Photos of the Maltese Falcon just don't do her justice. The northern Caribbean is home to several of the largest yachts in the world, and many of the rest visit during the season. I've sailed and took the dinghy past some incredible sail and power yachts in various harbours and anchorages, but my first glimpse of the Maltese Falcon in natura (top left picture) took my breath away. I was anchored in Baie Colombier in St. Barths and took a look to the northwest, where one can see Île Fourchue and St. Martin in the background. The bow of the Maltese Falcon came into view and it moved with such speed that I thought it was a much smaller boat but much closer. Soon I realized what I was looking at and came to the realization that the Maltese Falcon was quite far away but moving at an incredible rate. The unique Dyanarig (now re coined as the Falcon Rig) was designed in the 60's in Germany and is a newfangled type of classic square-rigged vessel but without stays and with rotating mast(s); the Maltese Falcon is by far the biggest one of this type ever built.
The Maltese Falcon was for sale in 2009 at a bargain price of only €100 Million. I'm saving up those pennies and hoping that nobody will just buy her away from under me.
The pictures below were taken from the back deck of Zanshin I over the course of several minutes while the Maltese Falcon left the dock and then Falmouth Harbour under sail.

Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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Maltese Falcon departing Falmouth
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