A Oui blast on the water
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