Three decades ago, UK Sailmakers pioneered loadpath sails with the Tape-Drive® construction method. In loadpath sils, the aerodynamic loads are transferred from the sail’s cloth (usually a Mylar film or skin) and seams, through to bundles of high strength yarns that run continuously between the corners of the sail.
UK Sailmakers’ Titanium® loadpath sails are made with a grid of continuous carbon yarns, running unbroken between the three corners of the sail. These yarns are then laminated between two layers of 3D-shaped PET Taffeta layers. The PET Tafetta layers are the epidermis of the Titanium sail, protecting and holding all the layers together.
In the Titanium construction process, the loadpath yarns are laid dry – without glue – to reduce weight and to prevent the carbon yarns from becoming brittle. Not coating the yarns with glue keeps them lighter, more flexible, and more durable by 15-30%. The result? Happier foredeck teams and more satisfied owners, who don’t have to replace misshapen or damaged sails as often as before.
With Sailpack Sail design software, our latest Racing design software, we are able to create 3D models of your sails in real time, to ensure the best aerodynamic shape for your boat. We also include the structural load path analysis, so you get the best weight to aerodynamic shape in the sail.
UK Sailmakers’ X-Drive and Titanium construction gives you the lightest, strongest sail possible, whether it’s for club racing or full-on racing. We are one of only a few companies who can make continuous fibre sails which take the load directly from the head to the clew of the sail.
Most racing headsails and Genoa’s are IRC optimised as that is one of the easiest ways to get points back on your rating – which all UK Sailmakers’ light weight, durable headsails do. Today there’s a major push to non-overlapping headsail option, but this can have its disadvantages as well.
UK sailmakers’ light weight performance headsails come in a range of options, from non-overlapping to full overlapping. As overlapping Genoas need protection tacking through the rig, we always try and add taffeta on the leech and foot of our X-Drive sails. Our Titanium sails already come with taffeta on the sails to protect them.
We have a range of spinnakers from, Symmetric, to Asymmetric and code zero. Each spinnaker is custom designed for a specific racing boat, using our Sailpack software, with the latest load matrix layout. The panel layout is designed specially to fit your racing sail, to give you the best projection possible.
UK Sailmakers’ Code Zeros have a 75% mid-girth with a foot that’s 65% of the J measurement. This qualifies them as spinnakers, giving them a very low IRC rating. Like the flying jib, they furl from the top down, on a ratchet furler.