the future of Sunfish sailing?

could the research and technology utilized by the giant multi-hull sailboat’s of the America’s Cup be dribbling down into the world of the weekend dinghy sailor?  the last America’s Cup was won by an impressive performance by the BMW Oracle Racing team and their giant 223-ft tall wing sail on the USA-17.

but now, for the very first time – this wing-sail technology has been adapted for a simple dinghy sailboat like a Sunfish.  X-Wing Sails now has plans and specifications available for sail to create your very own wing sail for a Sunfish.

The key to getting a wing sail system that not only affordable but easy to handle, rig and sail, is to keep the weight low.  The first wing that I built was about 50#, and had only 32ft\2 area.  The latest version is about18# with a sail area of 60ft\2.  Using the standard Sunfish mast will reduce that weight by another 10%.  Note that most sailors know that weight in the rigging is bad for sailing.  The latest design has similar weight distribution to the standard sail system for the Sunfish.

at this point, it isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but I suppose things like that can be fine-tuned with future model revisions.  my only other thought – if you want a bit more speed, and something a little sportier than a Sunfish – don’t most people just make the transition to sailing a Laser?

HT: Wavedancer at the Sunfish Forum.

11 Responses to “the future of Sunfish sailing?”

  1. 1 Baydog May 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    E-Scow. Trust me.


  2. 3 Baydog May 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Do you have to run around in front of the mast when you tack?


  3. 7 tillerman May 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Yeah, I’ve noticed too that Baydog has been mentioning his long bike rides on his blog recently. What’s all that about?


    • 8 Baydog May 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      To put it bluntly, I’d become way too damn fat. Riding the bike is way more entertaining and effective than droning on on the treadmill in front of the TV.


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