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Feb 8, 2010

Techno 293 One-design racing

The following sails are designed for one of two reasons:

1. They match up with a specific one-design longboard for a certain race class

2. They work on all old and new racing longboards and will help you take the crown in your next local race!

Be sure to read each sail's description to get the one you need.

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2010 LONGBOARD RACE SAILS:

Aerotech Zenith

Aerotech Zenith

Concept: Long Board Race

The Zenith is a no-cam power slalom sail. It is your best choice for a sail designed specifically for cruising on longboards or big freeride stuff. With its tight leech and fuller shape, this model allows the rider to be powered up on a smaller sail. The reduced luff curve allows for hassle-free rigging. With its unique design, it can be tuned for non-planing conditions with a tight leech or pretty floppy for the overpowering stuff. Nice and bright for maximum ‘wow’. The Zenith is the choice for the Exocet Kona one-design sail. This sail went unchanged from 2008 to 2009.

Construction: This model features a 100% grid construction for the ultimate in durability and UV resistance and new raised stainless steel 6-1 pulley with oversized rollers. The sail utilizes inset clew grommets which allow for the use of a shorter boom, maximizing stiffness. The inset clew grommets also provide a more natural twist pattern.

Zenith specs

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Aerotech Pacer

Aerotech Pacer

Concept: Long Board Race

This is a powerful light wind sail designed to get the highest performance out of the new Hybrid style boards. It offers both strong planing and non-planing performance.

Construction: This model features a monofilm center panel with perimeter grid reinforcing and insignia tape reinforcing. This sail uses a combination of both tubular and rod battens.

Pacer specs

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Aerotech Dagger

Aerotech Dagger

Concept: Long Board Race

The Dagger is Aerotech’s longboard racing sail. For 2009, this model has been updated to 100% grid construction. With longboards making a huge comeback into the market, Aerotech has just the motor that these boards need. This sail features afull powerful shape with firm leech tension. Moderate sleeve width and camber inducers give it maximum range and speed.

Construction: Other features include; roller bearing camber inducers, a thermo-formed base pad, a new raised stainless steel 6-1 pulley with oversized rollers, and an interactive rigging guide.

Dagger specs

AEROTECH WEBSITE

Bic One Design

Bic One Design

In order to support the growth and development of the Techno 293 OD and Hybrid classes, BIC Windsurf developed the One Design Rig package for use specifically by youth sailors on hybrid boards. This rig package has been designed to be raced in the widest wind range possible, representing the best possible compromise between light wind pumping performance and high wind planing performance. The key features of these rigs include:

    * A huge wind range: from 6 to 30 knots. By tuning the downhaul and outhaul, the sail can be rigged either very full with a tight leech, or very flat with an open leech.

    * A draft placement at approx. 40% from the front of the sail (freeride sails = 30% / sub-planing sails = 50%), offering the best compromise between lightwind performance and high wind control.

    * 6 batten / 2 cam configuration for the best compromise between weight and performance.

    * A very stable profile for ease of use and control in the high winds.

    * A tack strap tensioner for maximum tuning range and power in light winds.

    * X-Ply reinforcements in critical areas, durable luff pocket material and webbing batten tensioners for ease of use and practicality in a club and racing environment. Though you may not win every race in all wind conditions, the goal of the One Design sails is to make sure that you have the tools to win the regatta!

The sail is delivered in a practical sail bag.

One Design specs

BIC WEBSITE

Neil Pryde RS:X

Neil Pryde RS:X

The sail chosen for the Olympics must have a huge wind range when used on the RS:X Board, from 3-30 knots. Great low-end performance should ensure that the board planes as soon as possible and provides good speed and acceleration in subplaning conditions. While the sail should have a locked in "high performance" feel, it should also feel softer for easier handling in light wind conditions.

How was it done? Design & Shaping Features:

Wide luff sleeve concept (compared to traditional "freeride" sails) for high efficiency and a locked in draft stability. A deep profile ensures early planing. Soft battens in combination with a relatively tight leech ensure improved light-wind peformance and pumping ability.

2 cam / 7 batten configuration for stability, softness and light weight.

RS:X specs

NEIL PRYDE WEBSITE

Starboard Phantom Race

Phantom Race 9.5

The new Phantom Race 9.5 is Starboard's dedicated raceboard sail. Extra-light weight, this 4 cam design has a very deep profile. The new outline has a higher foot line, preventing the water from catching the foot of the sail and creating unnecessary drag.

The boom opening is bigger and higher. The width of the luff on the bottom of the sail has been increased to promote improved aerodynamics. The bottom batten has been replaced by a tube batten for extra shape stability and the three wheel pulley has been replaced by a new four wheel pulley for easier downhauling.


Phantom Race specs

 

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