Reply To: Laminate Sail
I started that thread as I was intrigued by the picture in the class magazine of the laminated sail. I also checked the rules and found an Appendix that allows them.
“Sail makers are allowed on request and single (i.e. per sail) approval by the Technical Committee of OKDIA to build sails from laminated sail cloth. The use of those sails is allowed in any OK regatta with the exception of International events. For the purpose of this rule an event is an International Event when its aim is competition between competitors from more than one MNA.”
I have to say I’m generally in favour of them as from what I know from Finn sailors the new sails are nicer to sail with and remain competitive for most sailors longer than a Dacron sail. They just don’t last forever though whereas a Dacron sail will be blown out sooner but go on in one piece for longer – but any sail a few seasons old will be blown out if truth be told.
Having said all that I am a newbie to the class (sailing with an old, old Dacron sail) so my opinion doesn’t really count in the scheme of things.