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j80 one design sails

Why not join us for the J80 Worlds 2017?. The World Championships are going to be held in the Solent in July, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. We've supported the J80 class for many years, owning and racing our own boat, 'J.A.T'. and we are really excited about the prospect of competing for the World title in our home waters and helping the British fleet to put in a top performance.  The build up has well and truly started with the first big event of the year at La Trinite in France over Easter. We'll be there testing our latest Class sails which dominated again in 2016 winning Cowes week along with a 6th National Championship.

 

The 2016 nationals at Lymington showed some incredibly tight racing and it was great to see the fleet looking so strong. In October the Ultimate Sails Team also headed to the French nationals in Pornichet, finishing 6th out of 62 after a win on the last day. The top French and Spanish teams are very strong but our speed was excellent across a range of conditions. Both events have proved a great testbed for the new Ultimate Sails designs and all the sails are now working very nicely.

 

Even though July seems a long way off you will find the time will fly by and we are already thinking about ordering sails, doing some training and picking events for the lead up to the worlds. It would be great to hear what people are thinking on this front so we can coordinate our efforts.

 

We are also looking to run a series of coaching events for our new and existing customers. Being able to sail without the added pressure of a race is the perfect environment to fine tune settings, techniques and boat handling. Our preference is to work with small groups of boats but we could also incorporate our sessions with an existing early season event or work with individuals. 

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 Class Mainsail £1395 ex VAT

 

Manufactured using Dimension Polyant’s 260 SF HTP+ which gives a good balance between shape retaining stiffness and the forgiving easy-to trim feel needed to keep the boat going fast across the wind range.

 

We have always found speed in the breeze once fully hiked was very good so for 2017 we wanted to keep this while also making the sail even faster in the light. With the racing in the Solent in July we think it will be very important to have an all-round performer with light wind mornings and building sea breezes through the afternoon likely.

 

To help in the light we have made the main 1% deeper for a little bit more grunt and to get the crew up on the side a little earlier.

 

Slightly more luff curve in the middle allows more backstay to be used in high winds, allowing the sail to retain its exceptional strong wind characteristics.

 

These design changes both help the mainsail to match the Jib and lead to an increase in the overall efficiency of the upwind sail plan.

 

 

Standard features:

  • Top full length batten
  • Tapered leech battens
  • Tube Sail bag
  • Cunningham
  • Vectran leechline
  • Trim stripes
  • Radial patches
  • Sail numbers
  • Tell tales
  • Velcro clew strop
  • J80 class logo
  • Race measurement

 

 

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Class Jib £1495 ex VAT

 

Manufactured using our own custom designed Membrane construction and Aramid Fibre layout. We've refined this Fibre Layout to give the sail a huge advantage over panelled designs and other Membranes.

 

It's class minimum weight yet stretches less under load, staying flatter as the wind increases. This allowed us to design the sail fuller for light airs, whilst still maintaining the same flying shape in overpowered conditions.

 

This season we have refined the design further reducing the entry angle in the mid-section in order to give better pointing off the line and in big fleets. This sail also utilises three vertical battens (set at a 15˚ angle to maximise their projection) to create a powerful shape which is flat in the exit in order to provide maximum lift and give an even twist profile.

 

 Standard features:

  • Tapered leech battens
  • Tube sail bag
  • Vectran leech line
  • Trim stripes
  • Tell tales
  • Race measurement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Class Asymmetric £1895 ex VAT

 

 

Manufactured from Contender Superkote 60 nylon which is close to minimum class weight but strong enough to be used in all wind conditions.

 

We haven’t made many changes to the design of this sail over the years as it’s proved to be consistently fast through a wide wind range. The luff projects well to windward when running deep and it is extremely forgiving to trim. The real secret to the performance of this sail is the non-linear leech twist which forces maximum twist high in the sail allowing the leech to exhaust cleanly behind the mainsail.

 

Great downwind speed has been a real asset to our team over the years and this Asymmetric is largely responsible for that. Being able to extend on the run when you’re ahead takes the pressure off massively and in a big fleet being able to overtake and turn bad windward mark positions into counters is what will make the difference to your overall result. At a world championships with a large fleet this downwind edge has saved us on many occasions.

 

Standard features:

  • Optimum panel layouts
  • Radial patches
  • Spectra luff line
  • Sail bag
  • Race measurement

 

  

 

                                                   

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Unit 19 Hamble Yacht Services
Port Hamble
Southampton, SO31 4NN
+44 (0)23 8045 6205