New Standard Laser Sail Design

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Laser News Flash.. There could be a new laser sail design in our near future. An unmarked sail was spotted in Terrigal, Australia at the Master Worlds last week. It was openly rigged in the boatyard (rugby field), it was tested on a windy (15-18 knots) practice day before the championship started... this new design seem to be made from a heavier and superior cloth weight. Additional differences included carbon scrim to reinforce a significantly larger window, a radial cut similar to the current radial sails. The experimental sail was taken out for a spin by well known NA class president and looked to have good bend characteristics with the current laser mast sections. A noticeable non-fluttering tighter leech and 3 parallel draft stripes make it stand out in a crowd..

Let's get this thing on some ballet and vote it in!.. :)
 

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I have followed the rather heated thread on the quality of Laser sails, and have a question to you more experienced sailors:

Wouldn't it be possible to produce and sell hi tech sails, in the correct Laser-shape, for everyday training? That way you could get relevant training every day, all season, with the same sail shape as your mint regatta sail that you unpack the day before the first big event, to be class legal?
 
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I have followed the rather heated thread on the quality of Laser sails, and have a question to you more experienced sailors:

Wouldn't it be possible to produce and sell hi tech sails, in the correct Laser-shape, for everyday training? That way you could get relevant training every day, all season, with the same sail shape as your mint regatta sail that you unpack the day before the first big event, to be class legal?
Yes, it is very possible.

I bought one from Benson sails several years ago - it is cut like a class-legal sail, but is made from a more durable cloth and lasts longer. He also makes better designed sails from both Dacron and mylar, but I decided not to get one of those so my practice sail would better mimic my race sail.
 

Wavedancer

Upside down?
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I have followed the rather heated thread on the quality of Laser sails, and have a question to you more experienced sailors:

Wouldn't it be possible to produce and sell hi tech sails, in the correct Laser-shape, for everyday training? That way you could get relevant training every day, all season, with the same sail shape as your mint regatta sail that you unpack the day before the first big event, to be class legal?
Here is the answer to your prayers: http://www.intensitysails.com/
There are several threads on this forum related to the pros and cons of these sails.
 
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Ross B

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No I LOVE draft strips with a burning passion, had em on my Sabot. I just think the Window is fugly big, and I think a better sail material could have been used. I would like to see something different, not reinvent the octagonal wheel
 
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Ross B

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the price doesn't matter as much to them, with help from their national organization, their YC, donations, and sponsors
 

torrid

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Though I doubt this sail will be less expensive than the current sail, I'm going to try and keep an open mind. The main problems I see with the current sail are quality/consistency of the material and overall durability of the sail through a season.

If class officials decide to present this sail to the class for approval, I think they would need to consider these areas:
- Specify the deficiencies of the current sail design they are trying to fix
- Address how this new design solves those problems
- Justify the expected increase in price
- Address how the new design will affect boat performance, particularly considering the wide weight of those who sail Lasers

Period change for a class can be good (like the Pro rig upgrades). However a simple "newer is better" is not enough reason to make a major change like a new sail design.
 
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as the enlarged pic shows, 4 radial panels above a large bottom triangle with a long flat strip just after the sleeve. Christ that window is ugly ! LOL why not just make the bottom triangle see-through? And check out the delightfull bunching at around 2/3 up the mast.

I dunno, I'm all for a new sail, but my BS radar has a blip on it. Gremlin moving fast off the starboard quarter, could be photoshop hoax... LOL
 
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Cor blimey,

the amount of whinging about needing a new sail design etc. and then when there appears to be moves to get one sorted out all that happens is people gripe about it!

I think the sail could well be pretty cool and look forward to seeing how it goes. I'm sure if its rubbish then its design will be changed until its not.

Result!
 
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