Mohican is an Orkney Yole around a hundred years old. She's sailed from Longhope along with several others.
Mohican is believed to be the only yole built as a pleasure boat, commissioned by a doctor retiring to Orkney from Canada. Her name has changed a few time, but for the last few years has returned to the original name.
My father acquired Mohican last year; while visiting this summer I had the chance to sail her with my father and daughter. It was a wonderful experience – and not surprisingly a completely different one from sailing my own Walkabout.
In the gallery above, from the Orkney Yole Association, Mohican is the leading boat in the picture of two yoles racing in the 2008 Stromness regatta.
Yoles are the traditional workboats of Orkney; there are two types of Yole, North Isles and South Isles, and the closely related Stroma Yole. Yoles almost disappeared after the 60s, and a resurgence of interest at the end of the last century led to the formation of the Orkney Yole Association in 2000. The remaining yoles – and some new builds – are sailed regularly, attending regattas all around Orkney.
A South Isles Yole moored in Stromness Harbour.