UK Sailmakers is pleased to announce release of the 42nd installment of the online animated Rules Quiz Program. Owners of the program can click here to see the latest quiz, which covers an interesting situation at a mark between two boats in different divisions on the same course. This question got our rules-meister scratching his head as he was on one of the boats illustrated in the quiz situation. The quiz program makes a great holiday present--it can be accessed nearly immediately, since it runs in the cloud! Click here to purchase the program for $55 from the secure UK Sailmakers store. To sample one of the animated quizzes and see how the program works with all its graphic teaching tools, click here.

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X-Drive® sails combine the key performance characteristics of Titanium® sails with the cost effectiveness of Tape-Drive® sails. After several years of development and hundreds of sails on the water, UK-Sailmakers is proud to offer X-Drive sails as a mid-priced line of high-performance sails--sails that will break performance records without breaking the bank. And, with the addition of light polyester taffeta over the single-yarn tapes, X-Drive has proven to be a perfect performance cruising option. How is this possible? Only after three decades of load path sail development...that’s how!

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The latest video in the UK Sailmaker's Sail With Confidence instructional series gives race-winning tricks for jibing an asymmetrical spinnaker quickly and without making a big “S-shaped” course change. The video is free to watch, just create a login to the UK Sailmakers site if you don’t have one already. Click here to see the video.

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Our distinctive lightweight Tape-Drive® duffel bags come in 3 different sizes to meet sailors many different needs. The small bag ($50) is perfect for carrying gloves, cell phone, wallet, extra glasses, sunscreen and a light jacket for day races. The medium-size ($60) bag can carry all you need for an ocean race, as long as you can carry your foul weather gear aboard separately. While the large bag ($70) may scare the skipper of a race boat, if you're going cruising it'll carry everything you need including your boots and foul weather gear. All the bags come with an inside pocket, an outside pocket at one end, and a detachable shoulder strap. The medium bag has the advantage of fitting into the overhead bin on an airplane. Click here to buy a UK Sailmakers duffel bag and to get more details.

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Daniel Ecalard tested a Titanium® mainsail with an array of solar panels toward the top of the sail to assess out the PowerSails concept. After 3,542 miles of abusing his sails in the Route du Rhum Race, as only singlehanded ocean racers can do, the system survived the whole race. In the early goings, Ecalard was constantly reefing and unreefing in Bay of Biscay storms that caused 10% of the fleet to retire in the first 36 hours of the race. Ecalard figures that the main was unreefed for only 7 of the 25 days he was racing. While reefing, the sail is luffing so that the halyard can go up or down and the reef outhaul can be trimmed. Putting sails through abuse like this is the best way to test how rugged the flexible solar panels are and how well the wiring and electrical connections can stand-up in extreme conditions. Along with the flogging and high winds use, the PowerSails also stood up to 12 hours of heavy rains. Alain Janet of UK Sailmakers France, who developed the PowerSails option, is waiting for a comprehensive report on the electrical output.

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