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Re: Another new sail question/rant
Whether you are talking about racing yachts, cars, bicycles or even wheelchairs there will always be durability sacrifices made in the quest for the performance edge over the competition. I remember years ago I spent big bucks on high performance tires for my car. They were fantastic! For about 20,000 km, then they were done.
The lofted weight that is saved in having a seamless sail, and the shape they can achieve makes a significant difference at the higher levels of racing, and does mean the difference between winning and losing. Durability is an acceptable trade off to a serious racing program. Does the average club racer NEED that same edge? Most likely not, but they sure look cool, and they are the fastest sails, so if you have the budget, go for it! If you are more practical, and want sails that will last longer, then super light sails are not for you!
Sailboat racing is not cheap!
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