the future of Sunfish sailing (part 3)?

I blogged about a year ago about these newly developed/developing Sunfish sails, and now have found video of them sailing.

a bit from my previous post: the local group of sailors worked with a local sailmaker, Farrar Sails, in New London, Connecticut, to develop and create these new sails.

Nothing else was altered about the rigging and the new sail was designed to fit onto the existing lateen-style spars of the traditional Sunfish design.

The end results? The sailboat points higher and moves with more zip. The boat accelerates noticeably faster after a tack. On the flip side, the sails require quicker response to puffs and wind shifts, so boat handling skills need to keep up. By switching out the sail, it’s like having two different boats: one that is great to learn on and another that sails faster and requires faster response time.


7 Responses to “the future of Sunfish sailing (part 3)?”

  1. 1 Clyde Osterhout August 27, 2020 at 8:33 am

    It would be nice if Laser Performance offered these as add-on kits. Of course than it might well cut into Laser sales, so that seems unlikely. But it still seems like a great idea: Laser like performance, but on a hull which is more forgiving for us “mature” adults!

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  2. 3 bewoodny September 8, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    I raced three times with these new sails. It makes the Sunfish handle like a 2020 dinghy, not a WWII bomber…

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    • 4 my2fish September 9, 2020 at 8:11 am

      bewoodny, thanks for commenting! I’m not sure I’ve ever felt the Sunfish was sluggish like a WW2 bomber…. but then again, I haven’t tried those new sails. very interesting feedback – post any updates as time goes by.


  3. 5 Scott Sandell October 24, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    The sails seen in this video are our 2016 version. The MK II sail, with its flat top and another foot chopped off the boom (83 sq. ft.), offers another jump in performance. A MK 2.473 version will be on the water soon, and this one allows for mid-boom sheeting. Why do this on a Sunnie? Why climb Mt. Everest? It’s like a whole new boat! We have a teriffic fleet of 12 boats, all with the new sails, and we race every Sunday all year.

    Happy to share additional photographs.

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  1. 1 a “modern” Sunfish sail | my2fish: a blog about sunfish sailing Trackback on March 8, 2021 at 12:01 pm

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