Laser revolution, comes MKII, the new mainsail

Laser Std MKII - Image 1 (Lo-Res)ILCA (the International Laser Association) has announced the release of a new mainsail regarding the Standard class.

THE FIRST CHANGE IN 40 YEARS
This is a real revolution since it is the first time in the 40-year history of the class that the sails have been “updated” substantially. Let’s see what changes. The new design, called Standard Mark II Sail, is the result of thousands of hours of work between design and sea testing involving the manufacturers, the ILCA, two sail brands and some of the world’s best sailors.

THE NEWS.
The Mark II mainsail includes bi-radial panels, a heavier-weight fabric (4.5 ounces, about 127.6 grams) and the reinforcements that are the result of extensive optimization work. The outfitting includes tapered battens that are closed into the mainsail by a Velcro hook-and-loop system, a wider transparent window to increase the helmsman’s visibility, and a redesigned liner to prevent “wrinkles” especially at the mast joint.

MATTER OF DURABILITY AND EASE OF USE
The MKII is designed to be perfectly compatible with existing equipment-it is not designed for better performance in the water, but for greater durability and ease of use (in fact, the classic set will continue to be sold). production of the new sails will start Nov. 1, with availability in all countries around the world in 2016. In accordance with ISAF, however, the new mainsail will not be usable at the Rio Olympic Games.

Laser Std MKII - Image 2 (Lo-Res)

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