Less is More

Last week we spoke with both Francisco Goya and Marcilio Browne about why now is the time to update your quiver. Well the Goya crew had a little more left in the bag and were willing to unveil some secrets about their 3 batten sail and where it is heading. What do you think, are 3 batten sails just another trend of the times or is it a concept that could stay now that we have stronger materials and even more advanced manufacturing processes? Well JD – Jason Diffin, Goya’s Chief Sail Designer puts it straight, read on and let us know your thoughts below.

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These differences have opened up huge opportunities to design WAY lighter, more stable, more durable designs…

BS: Is it possible to get a powerful and still stable 3 batten high performance windsurfing sail?

JD: Oh yes! And what is more is the feeling of ride, it is just something so light in the hands, so nimble in turns, so quick to plane… It’s incredibly exciting!

Some of the greatest designs begin with a pencil and paper
Some of the greatest designs begin with a pencil and paper

BS: Can you tell us more about these specific sails?

JD: My Carbon/Aramid Stretch Control System has been in place on all my sail designs since its introduction in 2003. That’s 12 solid years of development and testing on this fundamental system. The application of the Carbon and Aramid Stretch Control allows massive profile support and manipulation with very little weight gain.

BS: What are the specific details behind the construction of the sail?

JD: The sails are made up of full 3mm scrim body panels, which have been a been a fundamental part of my core production sail designs for about 4 years now. Scrim sails are lighter, more flexible, more reactive and more durable, by a very large margin…

So by combining the proven effectiveness of Stretch Control with the lighter, stronger scrim body panels has proven to be a potent combination for the 3 batten concept.

IMG_0195 1BS: Is this not just another trend?

JD: Certainly not, we have advanced a lot in recent years with our manufacturing processes. Sails built from full scrim + Carbon/Aramid Stretch Control are so light, so strong, so stable, and most interesting is that they behave differently than sails built from traditional 5 or 6 mil x-ply. These differences have opened up huge opportunities to design WAY lighter, more stable, more durable designs…
Watch this space.

Careful measurements
Careful measurements

BS: So to sum up?

JD: The new 3 batten wave sail concept is a product of this design evolution. The new 3 batten wave sail takes huge advantage of the possibilities these new materials and applications offer strength, stability and a feather-light rig weight.

IMG_0200 1BS: Lastly, with this sail absorbing so much of your research and development time are other sails in the range suffering?

JD: The same concepts apply to all the sails in the line up, it is my passion to produce the best; super light but strong construction, drafts stabilized through precise shaping and then support from very specific Stretch Control placement. These sails are stable, reactive, exciting! The really are just a great pleasure to sail! I love them and I think you will too!

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