10/20/2011

New 1720 Spinnaker Design

Nigel Young

Always pushing, always improving.

Having sailed the 1720 European Championships I came away from that regatta with some ideas for a new spinnaker design.  With feed back from several of the top teams and my own experience at the regatta I felt some work was needed on our T-5 spinnaker design.  Despite finishing 4th overall in the regatta using the T-5 design we felt stronger upwind than downwind.

 
 

The T-5 had proven to be an excellent all round spinnaker but in the mid range when trying to run super deep it was not as efficient as some others in the fleet.  After some detailed photo analysis of the fleet and feed back from the sailors we put the North Designers Ruairidh Scott and Dave Lenz to work on a new sail design.

 
 

The idea was to produce the best possible running spinnaker we could with no concession for reaching at all.  The T-6 was born out of these ideas and produced very quickly for testing.  On Friday the 14th October  two crews set out into the Crosshaven mist for a testing session.  This was followed up by the sail being used in the 1720 racing that Sunday when we were able to get real racing feedback.

It would appear that the designers had done a great job with the sail and it proved itself to be very competitive over the weekend.  Testing will continue over the next few weekends and into November but as of today it looks like the T-6 will be the sail of choice for Class racing in 2012.