Concept Boat competition
|We were in south Holland a few
Christmases ago, approaching a small town by road. It was late afternoon,
already dark, and the flurries of snow were driven almost horizontally by
the bitter wind. On the edge of town stood a windmill, warmly lit from
inside, its sails turning briskly. The evocative smell of freshly-baked
bread wafted from its open door. It was such a welcoming sight! Modern
wind generators have their own beauty that stems from their technological
efficiency, but the old mills have such a friendly appearance...
|Windmills have to adapt to the
fickleness of the wind, from balmy breezes to howling gales. They stand firmly rooted in
the ground, and must survive punching gusts and turbulence. Many ingenious methods have
been developed to adjust sails to wind strength, including canvas sails that can be
reefed, shutters that can open and close, and variable pitch blades.
following proposal tries to retain the aesthetic appeal and friendliness of traditional
mill design, whilst incorporating modern technical know-how. Automatically adapting sails
form a key element of the concept.
The Millennium Mill
This is a proposal put forward as part of the planned Occombe Heritage Farm -
240 acres of farmland and wetland located behind Torquay and Cockington. The aim of the
farm will be to demonstrate the best of the old and new ways of farming, with an emphasis
on environmental preservation and protection. The Millennium Mill is designed to reflect
In general, the Millennium Mill has a similar appearance to mills that were
operating in Devon up to about 100 years ago, when they fell into disuse as new methods of
milling grain were developed. However, there are some differences in design and
construction, and one of the key features will be computer-controlled variations
in sail area according to wind strength.
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