for the Soling 1 Meter
Sails are 100% legal racing sails for the Soling 1 Meter. They are made
of a single-panel Dacron and cut to comply with the Soling One Meter
Sail Control Drawing. However, WJ Sails has taken these plain white sails one step further by
printing the illusion that these sails incorporate the hottest revolution
in sailmaking - membrane technology just like the high tech America's
Cup Yachts and Volvo Ocean Racers.
is where sails are created over full-sized 3-dimensional molds by sandwiching
a scrim cloth and a yarn layout between two thin Mylar films, then heat
fusing everything to make a single cloth-like sail. The sails have fibers
running up the leech, and tack fibers radiate out to the leech and many
fibers from the clew radiate to points along the luff creating an interlocking
structural grid that stretches less for its weight, holds its shape over
a wider wind range, and retains its designed shape longer. This membrane
technology has dominated sailboat racing worldwide. Membrane sails were
used exclusively by the America's Cup and every team racing in both the
2002-2003 and 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race.
Over the past
4 years, WJ Sails has been looking for some way to print on Dacron. Because
of the slippery coated finish Dacron has, nothing wanted to adhere to
the surface. Graphic for the big cruising boats are currently printed
and then cured under 800 degrees of heat. Problem with this process is
the cloth shrinks around 8%, and not proportionately making it impossible
to get a perfectly legal - lined up sail when done. Just recently WJ Sails
found a process which does the job without heat and applies the ink just
like a giant inkjet printer, but uses a special UV light to cure it.
So, WJ Sails
took lots of pictures of different scrim mylars for the background, then drew to scale all the thread lines coming out
of each corner of the sails, overlay some graphics, and after about 30
hours of design work, now have a very realistic 3DL America's
Cup / Volvo Ocean Racer looking Sail for the Soling 1M.
Comment: "Really nice work on them, have Carr and Spider and find yours
the best in quality and workmanship." DM