In this episode of Go Yachting: Sail Technology and its Development
Sail design has developed in innovative leaps, rather than a smooth evolutionary progression over the years. In the case of performance sailing, sailors are looking for stiffer and lighter structures to maximise their performance. Whereas the needs for a cruising sailor are quite different. However, industry developments have been such that the technological advancements have spread throughout the industry for all manner of sail uses and sizes.
Sail making has come a long way since the early years and continues to evolve to meet the needs of sailors around the world.
A significant milestone in sail making technology was the introduction of composite sails and the move that prompted from manufacturing laminated sails to new composite structures.
Precision and performance are two key characteristics of sail making today. Technology continues to be at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of sails, whether it be for high performance racing yachts, round-the-world cruisers or Olympic Classes.
Also in this episode:
China Cup International Regatta – The fifth China Cup International Regatta took place in Daya Bay, Shenzen, China. Based at the Shenzhen Maritime Sports Base, the sailors were tested on Round-the-Island, Geometric, and Windward/Leeward courses, over a diverse range of wind conditions.
The Regatta kicked-off with a Passage Race from Hong Kong to Shenzen and was followed by the Opening Banquet at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort in Shenzhen.
Over the next three days the 6 Classes of boats battled it out for the 2011 title. The largest Class was the One-Design Beneteau First 40.7, with 28 entries. Racing was tight in all Classes with many of the top regional sailors, and sailors from around the world, taking part.
A total of 84 boats, representing more than 20 nationalities, competed over the seven race series which culminated in a lavish Closing Banquet, where the winners of the 5th China Cup International Regatta were celebrated.
Superyacht Delivery To Phuket – The biggest ever delivery of superyachts to Phuket arrived recently after a voyage onboard a 532-foot transport vessel which left Genoa in Italy on October 7 and arrived in Phuket on October 28.
Organised by Dockwise Yacht Transport, there were seven yacht aboard, including five motor yachts over 100-feet in length and a 95-foot catamaran. This was the most complicated lift-on/ lift-off procedure by Dockwise Yacht Transport to date and all went well as the yachts were unloaded at Phuket’s Deep Sea Port.
To celebrate the superyachts arrival in Phuket, the Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association organized a party for the crew onboard, welcoming them to the region.
With Southeast Asia developing as a new market for European yacht builders and an emerging cruising destination for yacht owners, more arrivals are expected in the future, to join the growing number of superyachts now basing themselves in Asia.
Brought to you by the Go Yachting team.