A Oui blast on the wa­ter

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full set of sails from both lofts to com­pare.

The One Sails set uses the lat­est 4T ‘naked’ mem­brane, a grand prix rac­ing sail that has no My­lar film or taffeta pro­tec­tion. It makes for a good com­par­i­son with North’s 3Di Raw. The 4T is also the first of­fi­cial ‘green’ sail, as it can be re­cy­cled, which is in keep­ing with Spirit’s proac­tive views on us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Oui Fling is a lit­tle wet to sail. The owner and crew were keen to try the One Sails main­sail for the first time, so we went out a cou­ple of hours ear­lier than the evening race. With full main (there are no reef points) and No.3 jib hoisted in 26 knots of true wind, we soon had the equiv­a­lent of a near gale

The back­stay is led through a turn­ing block above deck to a ded­i­cated winch – per­haps the sim­plest set-up any­where on deck. It was fully cranked on dur­ing our sail to help main­tain forestay ten­sion and de­power the full main­sail

Con­stric­tor clutches were ini­tially cho­sen to save weight, but they are now due to be re­placed with Spin­lock clutches, which the crew feel are faster to use for round the cans rac­ing

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