TITANIUM GOES BLACK
Posted on 01-03-2014 by UK Sailmakers

UK Sailmakers highest performance sail construction method, MatriX Titanium, is becoming more durable thanks to the option of black films that protect the yarns and laminate from the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays. Titanium sails are true one-piece sails that have continuous yarns running between the corners of the sail. Guy Nowell photo.

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In July of 2013, the parent company of UK Sailmakers was bought from its founder Charles “Butch” Ulmer by a majority of the licensed lofts in the group. Under a business structure unique to the sailmaking industry, the independently owned licensed lofts are working together to direct the company forward. Committees made up of business owners are working on issues such as new software, purchasing, strategy, marketing, and customer service. With so many of the loft owners working on these and other issues there is a great deal of sailmaking and business knowledge from around the world being used to advance the group. As the UK group grows stronger, we are looking to expand our presence in sailing markets around the world. If you are a loft owner who would like to join a worldwide group and have a hand in the direction of the company, contact UK’s board chairman Lennart Dalhström for more information at: dallas@uksailmakers.com

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UK Sailmakers France, innovator of MatriX Titanium sails, has started a new company called SolarClothSystem® that will make mainsails with a film containing high efficiency photovoltaic cells. The cells are flexible enough to be used on sails that get rolled or folded. SolarClothSystem cells are printed on a 65-micron thick film (Roll-to-Roll, see photo below). When the new technology is ready, sailors will be driven by the power of the wind while generating electrical power with the same sail giving them the independence to sail and enjoy modern conveniences without burning any fossil fuels.

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For years sailors have banded spinnakers with rubber bands or weak yarn to keep the sails under control during hoists in medium and heavy air. In The Racing Rules Of Sailing 2013-2016, however, the new Rule 55, which bans trash disposal overboard, has been interpreted to include even biodegradable yarn and rubber bands under the trash heading. Since the remains of the bands or yarn falls into the water once the spinnaker opens, the age-old methods of banding spinnakers fall afoul of rule 55. For a link to the video about UK's new SpinStop method, click the more button.

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UK Sailmakers had just made available two new quizzes to our online Rules Quiz Program. Sailors who already own the Rules Quiz Program can start testing themselves with the new quizzes right away. For those who would like to test-drive the program, click below to watch a video on how the program works. You can also test yourself with a new quiz involving a “Port-Starboard” situation at the windward mark. The second new quiz, S10, covers another “Port-Starboard” situation that may occur before a start. These quizzes, like the 42 others that UK has created, involves a common situation encounter on the race course.

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