a “modern” Sunfish sail

here is some updated information on the new “modern’ Sunfish sails that are being used by the Sunfish sailors on Sag Harbor.  the sails are designed by a member of the Sag Harbor Sunfish sailing fleet, along with Kevin Farrar from Farrar Sails in New London, Connecticut. all photos and the highlights listed below were provided by Julian S., one of the Sunfish sailors using these new sails on Sag Harbor.

a few highlights for the new sails:

  • kevlar reinforced mylar – you can see in front of you!
  • the sail is made with a sock over the upper spar – no sail ties – results in better air flow over the front spar
  • slightly larger total area – moved to the top of the sail
  • 28″ removed from the lower spar with no weather helm
  • center of force on the sail now over the centerboard

they have made other modifications such as inboard (not on the spar) outhaul control.  and what looks like an upgrade mainsheet control (see pic below).


there is a 3rd version of the sail in the works with a square top and loose foot that is even shorter still and will allow for center sheeting (no bridle in the back).  the red sail is a prototype of their Mk. III sail.

honestly, I think the perfect match would be to pair these modern updated sails, or at least a similar version of them, with the newly designed and upcoming Rocket sailboat – which looks like it has made some great improvements on the Sunfish hull design.

[I’ve blogged about these sails before: the future of Sunfish sailing part 2 and part 3.]

7 Responses to “a “modern” Sunfish sail”


  1. 1 bewoodny March 8, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    I have sailed with a 50th anniversary sail, a new Horth Legal sail and the Sag MK1. The new versions are making our old sunfish design a way more modern boat, balanced, agile and fast.

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  2. 3 Michael March 9, 2021 at 4:36 am

    What’s the price of these? Are they “legal”

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  3. 5 Scott Sandell March 11, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Gee wiz. Word travels fast.

    We spent the winter working on new designs, and aside from the New York variant (red, see above) and the California variant (turquoise, coming soon), we’ve pretty much locked it in for the summer (watch for the new black carbon sails next week, no kidding). And . . . if Dave Clark’s new 90 pound Rocket wasn’t exciting enough, check the Interceptor box on your order and you’ll get our latest sail.

    The boom (above) was built by Forté in Groton, CT, and allows mid-boom sheeting (all the 2021 sails have a foot length of just under ten feet, but sail area is not reduced.

    There’s a great piece in this month’s Sailing World by Chad Gillis about the sails. You can get yourself a new sail by contacting Farrar Sails in New London, CT.

    Cheers!

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  1. 1 3 versions of the modern Sunfish sail | my2fish: a blog about sunfish sailing Trackback on March 11, 2021 at 7:25 am

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