Decksweeper 2 copes with wide range of wind conditions

The Decksweeper 2 follows on from the original Decksweeper mainsail The Decksweeper 2 follows on from the original Decksweeper mainsail
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North Sails has continued its partnership with America’s Cup sailor Glenn Ashby to create a new sail for the A-Class catamaran.

The Decksweeper 2 follows on from the original Decksweeper mainsail, with the new version of the sail built and optimised to make full use of the high speeds that the boats are now put through, as well as coping with the lighter wind speeds when foiling is more challenging.

"Following his success at the 2018 Australian Championships, Glenn has re-defined the A-Class aero package in partnership with North Sails,” said Ian Johnson, North Sails Australia One Design expert. “The new 2018 Decksweeper has been designed for high speed sailing, with much attention being paid to the bottom loading of the sail and twist profiles.

Good range

“Overall depth and entry and exit angles have been tailored to support the sail through a large range of conditions and with a variety of mast set-ups, the sail can be set up to suit a good range of weights and wind conditions."

The new sail has been designed with a smaller head with more sail area further down the sail.

After experimenting with a boomless option, Glenn decided having a boom was the best option for speed and foiling wind range.

A foot shelf has also been added to create an airtight seal between the trampoline and the sail.

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