Cruising sailors want racier looking sails

Challenge's Newport sailcloth is now available in black Challenge's Newport sailcloth is now available in black
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The Challenge Newport range of All Purpose (AP) and Pro Radial sailcloth is now available from UK distributor Kayospruce in black.

The move to a black cloth is in response to cruising sailors asking for more racing looking sail fabrics, explained Kayospruce’s Chris Owen.

“The coated yarns give added protection to the fabric, helping to reduce UV deterioration,” he said. “In the next few months look out for black sails on the water in a break from traditional white sails with the added value of better protection from the elements.”

Cloth weights available in the new range from 6.45oz to 10.95oz.

The Newport range is producing using Challenge Fibre104 using the company’s optimum Interlock Technology designed to maximise sail shape and performance.

In addition, both the Newport AP and Pro Radial use Challenge's High Mass Fibre Technology for high UV resistance, durability and abrasion resistance.

The Newport AP cloth is especially suitable for sails with high leech load paths and demanding shapes.

Newport Pro Radial uses high performance warp fibres for balanced radial and directional stability.

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