Titanium® for Racing
Titanium® is UK Sailmakers’s highest performance sail construction method
and it is now available from any one of UK Sailmakers’s 50 lofts and service
centers. These sails are the result of a five-year development program
undertaken by the UK Sailmakers loft in southern France. Titanium
sails are the ultimate load path sails. They are a refinement of the
original load path sails introduced by UK Sailmakers more than 25 years
ago: those sails were (and still are) known as Tape-Drive®. Titanium® sails are unique among the membrane genre for a number of
UK Sailmakers’s Top of the Line Sails
- The load bearing members in a Tape-Drive® sail are tapes
made with bundles of high-strength yarns. In Titanium® sails,
the yarns are unbundled and spread more evenly across the sail.
Whereas membrane sails’ load bearing yarns are not continuous, only
running the width of the individual panel, Titanium load bearing yarns
run from head to clew, head to tack, tack to clew with no breaks or
- Seams in the film shape the membrane, nothing more.
- Aerodynamic loads are passed from corner to corner by the continuous yarns.
- No seam distortion, wrinkles or seam failure.
Titanium® for Cruisers
Optimum Performance For Non-RacersUK Sailmakers
recognizes that many cruising sailors are interested in high tech sails
to enhance the performance of their boats. They also like the ease of
handling that comes with these light, soft membranes. However, no one
has yet to offer a membrane product with a life span acceptable to
cruisers. Titanium® is changing all that! Taffeta covered films
(traditional white and a light gray) are available to further enhance
the abrasion and UV resistance of Titanium® sails adding years to
their useful lives.
For a small premium, cruising sailors can now enjoy grand prix performance from their sails.