This wishbone-shaped sail and mast might be the su­pery­acht sail­ing world’s next big rig.

Robb Report Singapore - - Portfolio - By MICHAEL VER­DON

Mides De­sign’s Aero Sail could be a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new rig for sail­ing su­pery­achts. Aero Sail has al­ready proved it­self on com­puter tests and a five-me­tre pro­to­type. Its next test ves­sel will be a 19m sail­ing yacht, though de­signer Erik Sifrer says the tech­nol­ogy could work all the way up to a 122m sail­ing su­pery­acht. Aero Sail is built in­side an A-frame on the ex­te­rior edges of the yacht and con­nected to a car­bon roll boom that ro­tates around a cen­tral pivot point. Sifrer’s goal was to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful-look­ing sail plan that is also easy to han­dle.

“It doesn’t re­quire any deck equip­ment and pro­vides a short­handed sail­ing so­lu­tion,” he says. “It could even be com­pletely au­to­mated.” Aero Sail is 40 per cent lighter than a tra­di­tional rig, and ben­e­fits like in-boom furl­ing re­move any need for winches, tracks, blocks or deck hard­ware. Its com­pact size could al­low for he­li­copters to land on larger su­pery­achts, some­thing pre­cluded by cur­rent mast de­signs. The lack of a cen­tral mast also frees up the in­te­rior de­sign of any sail­ing su­pery­acht. www.mides-de­ ≠

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