North Sails has just presented their new Warp F2009 sail. The new Warp introduces a new and revolutionary way of designing the sails, the INDEPENDANT.SHAPING.CONCEPT. Kai Hopf, North Sails designer, introduces this new revolutionary way of putting profile into the sail: instead of having one shape for the whole sail (body and sleeve), he works with 2 separate or independent shapings for the body and the sleeve. The advantage that Kai finds in this is that he can create different tensions of these 2 parts of the sail.
The KEY features if the new Warp F2009 are:
– Sail body tension towards the internal leading edge for better rotation and improved control.
– Lower mast sleeve tension for more dynamic – easier to sail.
– Approx. 15% weight decrease and nearly 25 % increased wind range from the Warp from 2008.
– Maximum performance on SDM masts.
With a much lower tension for the mast sleeve area thanks to the independent shaping, the new Warp F2009 is much more dynamic, especially when accelerating (at the start or after jibing) or while going through lulls. This also makes the sails a lot less physical to sail.
Also, the new Warps F2009 have one less batten (from 8 to 7) in all sizes up to 7.0. This, together with the replacement of the Xply materials in the head and around the boom area with lighter monofilm has make the sails have a reduced weight of about 15%.
This new Wraps F2009 will be available from March 09.
For more info, check www.north-windsurf.com