NorthSails launch their 2014 slalom range, the NorthSails Warp. Boardseeker has the full run down and specification, plus development information direct from the designers.
Gallery of the 2014 NorthSails Warp…
1. Our PROGRESSIVE.LOOSE.LEECH design (in contrary to some competitor sails on our sails the looseness increases towards the top) helps to “release” power-peaks off the top (through a quite open/loose top)
2. The larger WARP F2014 sizes use shorter (= softer) masts than last year (see below). This increases the flexibility of the larger sizes making the extra lift/power easier to handle. Another thing to improve was how physical the large sizes are to sail. The 7-battendesign makes our WARP the lightest film Slalom sails on the circuit. On the other hand the large sizes are still a bit stiffer than the best competitor sails. To make the sails become more flexible Kai and his team decided to go for shorter (= softer) masts for the larger sizes. Now 7.0 and 7.8 are designed on the 460 mast whereas all bigger sizes (8.6 up to 9.6) go onto the 490.
To give 100% R&D focus on Slalom Racing, all Formula sizes have been cancelled for 2014.
≥ [NEW]  SIZESPECIFIC.DESIGN: each size is individually designed as small PWA Slalom sails have totally different requirements than the larger sizes.
≥ [NEW]  LUFF.LIFT.DESIGN (7.0 and up): increased profile in the upper luff area increases the lift making for radically improved low-end power and acceleration.
≥ [NEW]  PROGRESSIVE.LOOSE.LEECH: power-peaks can twist off the top as the looseness progressively increases towards the top.
≥ [NEW]  Shorter/softer masts (7.8 and up): increases the flexibility of the larger sizes making the extra lift/power easier to handle. Plus makes these sizes less physical to sail.
ATTENTION: to ensure maximum performance we have reworked the curve of the PLATINUM 490 mast. Means sizes 8.6, 9.2 and 9.6 NEED to be combined with the new PLATINUM 490 mast! All other mast lengths remain unchanged.
≥  The 7.BATTEN.DESIGN makes it the lightest racing film sail on the market
≥  MODERATE.CUTAWAY.CLEW Reduced “blow-out” effect for increased power and direct acceleration.
≥  INSTANT.ROTATION Much faster acceleration after shifting through HYPER.CAMS and modified batten profiles
≥  Continued weight reduction due to minimalized MINI.PROTECTOR and super light iROCKET batten tensioners
≥  INDEPENDENT.SHAPING.CONCEPT improves rotation, control and acceleration
≥ [NEW]  4.7 Speed: dedicated speed sail design for dead downwind courses, tested by Erik Beale.
“In developing the 2014 Warp, we were asked by our race team to focus on two areas: ease of use (less physical to sail) and acceleration. We started out by altering the luff curve, and batten tapers of my 2013 Warp production sails.
By reducing the luff curve at batten 3 and above, as well as, reducing the luff curve at batten 6 and below, we were able to make the middle of the sail, batten 4 and 5, relatively fuller. Internal testing showed promise, but it wasn’t until we got to use the “adjusted” sails in the Maui Race Series, that we saw really good results. Most noticeable was the acceleration off the start line. Having seen positive results, we went further in that direction. With the luff curve adjustments, we were able to reduce the overall downhaul tension required to make the sail twist. This, together with softening the batten tapers, made the sails much less physical, and easier to use.
Early feedback from our race team is positive, and we are very happy with how the WARP F2014 came out.”