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Feb 8, 2010

Bjorn Dunkerbeck jibes the Severne Reflex Slalom

 

Listed here are the cream of the crop when it comes to PRO SLALOM PERFORMANCE. These sails are fast and more technical to ride than most other sails. If you are more of a recreational slalom racer than you will probably be better off with a Freeride Cambered or Fast Freeride No-cam sail model.

 

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2010 Slalom Race Sails:

 

Aerotech VMG

Aerotech VMG

Concept: Race

The VMG is Aerotech’s all out race sail. This model has been tweaked for 2009 building on the winning ways of the 2008 model. With even more shape and double vertical shaping panels you will find it has an even wider range while maintaining the slippery feel that the VMG stands for. the exclusive use of exotic materials (and no monofilm) for the construction allows weights to be kept to a minimum and performance kept to a maximum.

Construction: This sail is built out of 100% grid monofilm and features an ultra light weight Pentex center panel. 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. We use a mix of carbon tubular battens and rod battens in this sail.

VMG specs

AEROTECH WEBSITE

Hansen Slalom HCL

Hansen Slalom HCL

The result of an extensive developmental test program, the Slalom HCL is the first production model to incorporate our patent-applied-for Hansen Compliant Leech (HCL) technology. The HCL system allows a sail to compliantly adjust both foil shape and twist automatically according to wind pressure and sheeting angle. The result is an extremely versatile sail with extended range that not only excels in light air acceleration, power and pointing but also overpowered gust response and handling. Of particular interest to the serious racer, the Slalom HCL performs well in turbulent air such as found in large fleets off the starting line and turning off the wind during mark roundings. HCL also provides more options while overtaking other competitors and approaching marks.

Slalom HCL specs

HANSEN WEBSITE

Hot Sails Maui GPS

Hot Sails Maui GPS

The GPS is a real world race sail with ultimate speed, acceleration and maneuverability. The Grand Prix Speed is a maximum performance sail for racers. It is developed specifically for speed and World Cup Racing and will be registered with the PWA.

GPS specs

HOT SAILS MAUI WEBSITE

Maui Sails TR-6

Maui Sails TR-6

MauiSails’ entry for the 2010 racing season is TR-6, the perfect evolution of easy to manage power and acceleration, comfortable handling, and impressive speed. World Championship results in Formula, and Pro Slalom and Speed wins are in the lineage of the TR design catalogue, and the feedback and observations of the competitors who test and perform with them provides the foundation of the development. Each year there is a search for the elusive ideal, and the TR-6 is our statement.

Small adjustments to the outline increase tip span, reduce boom length, and in combination with batten angle changes, make the twist even and correct for each situation. A flexible material panel in the lower sleeve evens tension and allows for slightly more cam pressure with positive rotation. Sleeves are smooth and the powerful lower sections are stable for high end control and speed.

The continued use of our custom load cell is developing a data base which helps us to maintain the same feel throughout the range and to make the transition from size to size and mast to mast progressive and dependable, assuring similar handling character and performance. By utilizing this scientific method of development we are able to define the tension required to adequately form the skin of the foil, bend the mast appropriately, and balance luff curve against twist. A soft feeling responsive wing is the final result.

Whether you are looking for superb light wind Formula with our outstanding 12.0, excellent mid-range Slalom performance, or maxed out overpowered Speed sailing, the TR-6 and TR-6xt will blow you away with its fantastic all around characteristics, made for sailing that is fast... and fun.

TR-6 specs

MAUI SAILS WEBSITE

Maui Sails TR-6xt

Maui Sails TR-6xt

Whether you are looking for superb light wind Formula with our outstanding 12.0, excellent mid-range Slalom performance, or maxed out overpowered Speed sailing, the TR-6 and TR-6xt will blow you away with its fantastic all around characteristics, made for sailing that is fast… and fun.

In 2010 will continue to use ODL04 Technora™ X-Ply from Dimension Sailcloth for our larger Slalom and Formula sails in the XT range. Significant weight savings, superb durability, and World Champion performance supply the added value and make the TR-6 XT the perfect choice for high level competition. The MauiSails SRS 100% Carbon race masts and the super-stiff MauiSails Monocoque Carbon Race Booms complete the perfect rig package…l get ready to race and win.

TR-6xt specs

MAUI SAILS WEBSITE

Naish Stealth

Naish Stealth

The world record breaking Stealth is also a test winner, and features an unbeatable combination of acceleration, top speed, and control with it's refined 3D mold and wide sleeve.

With three years of evolutionary development and the integration of weight saving high tech materials, this is the best race sail ever offered by Naish. The absolute first choice for slalom racers, speed enthusiasts, and any sailor who wants to be the absolute fastest on the water.

    * Construction: Ultralight slalom

    * Purpose: Ultimate slalom and speed performance

    * Characteristics: Maximum acceleration, speed and control

    * Geometry: Single scrim luff panel, wide sleeve, 7 battens, 5 tubes, 4 cams

Stealth specs

NAISH WEBSITE

Neil Pryde RS:Slalom MKIII

Neil Pryde RS:Slalom MKIII

Handle with care. When you want to let the animal out of the cage and run fast, The RS:Slalom MKIII is for you. The house-trained version of the lethal RS:Racing EVOII sail, the Slalom is unleashed with less battens and cams and a smaller luff pocket for easier rigging and control. Be warned though, the animal instinct runs strong in this one. Its soft, light feel conceals a furious and hungry heart, and in the right hands the RS:Slalom MKIII is capable of carnage on water with reflex acceleration and bloodcurdling straight-line pace. It’s the most lethal freerace sail we make, good for upwind, downwind, or anywhere fast - it doesn’t matter, It’s all one big happy hunting ground.

RS:Slalom specs

NEIL PRYDE WEBSITE

Neil Pryde RS:Racing EVOII

Neil Pryde RS:Racing EVOII

With a successive third PWA world slalom title and a new sailing speed record associated to its name in 2008, there can be no doubt that the RS:RACING’s unique combination of technology, control and performance has set the benchmark by which all other racing sails will again be judged.

For 2009, the PWA has changed the rules and limits sailors to six sails and 3 boards for the season. This motivated us to design new sizes with increased wind range and maximum control levels but without any compromise made on power and ultimate speed.

We are therefore pleased to release the new RS:RACING EVOII. You will find new sails characterized by a significantly more compact outline and the introduction of a very pronounced Dynamic Compact Clew.

The RS:RACING EVOII has evolved from the original RS:RACING in many subtle ways and we believe this sail to be the fastest, while also the least physically demanding to use, we have ever created.

RS:Racing specs

NEIL PRYDE WEBSITE

North Warp F2010

North Warp F2010

Improved acceleration after the start and during jibes, reduced weight especially with the bigger sizes - here comes the brand new Warp F2010!

DESIGN REALISATION WARP F2010:

   1. Improve acceleration after start and jibing without sacrificing stability or speed: Kai has achieved that by adding more depth to the sail most noticeable in the boom area. In the upper part of the sail (batten #1 to batten #4) Kai has replaced the cross seams with a full luff panel which enables him to control the added profile. The result of these modifications is an extra dragster like acceleration. Kai also reduced the aspect ratio (especially on the larger sizes) which results in a slightly wider and shorter sail. This longer chord also has a very positive effect on the acceleration.

   2. Try to further reduce the weight especially of the bigger sizes: After the success from last year where Kai had reduced the number of battens from 8 to 7 on all sizes up to 8.0, he now went one step further. Now even the big sizes have 7 battens only. This makes the sail more dynamic and noticeable lighter in the hands. Kai was able to maintain the stability through stiffer battens and improvements in shaping. In addition Kai has replaced the top 3 batten tensioners with our superlight Mini.Rocket tensioner, one of the lightest tensioners on the market.

All these weight reductions in the top of the sail have a very large impact as it effects the swing weight of the sail. As a result especially the bigger sizes got remarkably lighter making them less physical to sail plus easier to pump.

Warp specs

NORTH WEBSITE

North Ram F10

North Ram F10

The RAM F10 is like the tough little brother of the World Cup WARP F2009! Even stronger, and with a special and user-friendly character it matches around 90% performance of the fastest WARP we’ve ever built. During its further development for 2010 two aspects were paramount: Improved handling and performance optimization through the entire range of use.

7 battens, a narrower mast sleeve and the reduced weight make the RAM F10 far less physical to handle than the WARP F2009. The brand-new INDEPENDENT.SHAPING.CONCEPT supports this concept decisively. Instead of just using one kind of shaping for the complete sail (sail body and mast sleeve), for the first time Kai’s worked with 2 separate 3-D profiles for the sail body and mast sleeve. The wind range has improved drastically by an impressive 25%.

Additionally the all-new TWIN.TRIM.CLEW lends further positive range of use. The secret of the TWIN.TRIM.CLEW lies with horizontally placed clew eyelets. The outer clew position provides more power and direct feeling, whilst the inner position lends superior control and a softer sensation.

As a bonus the RAM F10 is optionally usable with either 3 or 4 cambers for tuning towards either top-end performance or maneuverability. The TT.TOP, super stiff BOX.BATTEN and the wide and conical AERO.SLEEVE mast sleeve design features, boost lead the new RAM F10 to breathtaking top end speeds for both GPS and competition pilots. A missile of this caliber has never been so easy to use and is the secret to it’s success.

To demonstrate our confidence in the RAM F10 we’ve registered it for use one the 2010 PWA tour. Expect to see the effects of control and comfort on speed in the coming season!

Ram F10 specs

NORTH WEBSITE

Sailworks NX series

Sailworks NX series

The NX designs are our most sophisticated sails: they are cambered, they have higher rig tension, and they deliver premium power, windward penetration, and top speed -- all with precise feedback and rider control. They feature a deep, powerful draft section down low and reactive, free-twisting leech profile for wicked acceleration and tight top end speed control. If speed and top-end control are your gig, then the NX is your rig!

Sizes 5.4 and 6.2 are for high wind slalom, and are cut for reduced diameter masts (RDM); sizes 7.1 and 8.2 are cut light wind slalom sailing and fit on standard diameter masts (SDM). Sizes 9.1 through 10.8 are cut for Formula sailing.

NX specs

SAILWORKS WEBSITE

Severne Reflex Slalom

Severne Reflex Slalom

A year of development with Bjoern Dunkerbeck and the design team has resulted in a totally new sail. Endless hours of testing and analysing data are now reflected in this pro slalom sail range.

New for 2010:

   1. The XL Cam further increases the foil stability at the leading edge of the sail. It creates a new foil entry profile which the whole sleeve philosophy is built around. It encourages smooth rotation and spreads the higher skin tension out over a larger surface area increasing the stability on the mast and reducing any cam wear.

   2. In the past, twist has always been confined to the upper leech. For 2010, twist and flex has been engineered for a more active exhaust. This has been achieved using the new Reflex Batten Tensioner which isolates where the sail demands depth and encourages a unique twist and flex pattern where the sail breathes as one cohesive foil in a variety of conditions.

   3. Reduced Aspect Ratios resulting in -

* Reduced down force in larger sizes for a lighter feeling and superior speed

* Decreased batten spread for better foil stability

* Bringing the power down closer to the rider for more control

* Large Dropped Clew to enhance boom stiffness and increase lower leech efficiency with better twist and flex.

* Stabilizer Panel Technology designed to hold the 3D shaping in this crtical area, reducing the vertical stretch of the sail and producing a more stable foil shape when the sail is under load.

* Phase 3 Batten Technology with size specific batten tapers

* Integrated Looped Outhaul for ease of rigging with or without an adjustable outhaul system.

* Neoprene Boom Fairing increases aerodynamics and helps to limit water entering the luff for easier uphauling and waterstarting.

Reflex Slalom specs

SEVERNE RACING WEBSITE

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