Greek Sacelova


Native Sailing Ships

In stock

Select delivery location

  • Stripe
  • Visa Card
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
  • PayPal
  • Apple Pay


The “Sakoleva” or sacoleva (named for the sail) is a special type of square sail, commonly used in the Aegean Sea and many of the Eastern Mediterranean ports. The original word “Sakolefea” as a type of sail, was first encountered in Byzantine texts and was originally used to denote a form of cloak. Because of this unique sail, any kind of vessel having this rigging is named as “Sakoleva”. Its main characteristic is a diagonal yard which is used to hold the sail open. The vessel shown here is probably a form of tserniki, with its dramatically raked stem probably based on a Turkish boat called a tsikirne (but Turkish boat builders reckon the tsikirne came from Greece whilst others suggest Danube origins). Whether they were double ended or transom-sterned is disputed—but everyone agrees that the stems were dramatically raked. They often used a sprit rig sacoleva that dates back to the 2nd to 3rd century A.D. and is thought to have originated in Turkey

Additional information

Weight 0.0154 kg
Dimensions 43.9 × 35.5 cm